In October 1987, I was told about 'an ugly big grey horse' with good movement and a great jump, a few hours north of Adelaide. The owner of the horse was pregnant and wanted to sell him., so we drove to Saddleworth to see him, supposedly for Greg. as we were looking for a horse for him to ride.
He had been bought as a yearling, broken in and started by local Riverland girl Peggy Stewart, was around 4 yrs old and had done a little dressage and jumping but nothing official. He had a large scar on one hind pastern and I very nearly didn't buy him but when I saw him move, and then jump- I thought I'd better have first ride.. So I rode him, fell in love with him, and the rest is history!
||November Bought Fred- Peppermint Grove
||Started competing 3 disciplines
Won Prelim and Pre Novice Events, D grade Showjumping and Dressage, State Champs.
||Won Pre Novice and Novice Events
2nd Novice Gawler 3 Day Event
1st Australian One Day Event Champs Novice
Won Elementary dressage and C grade Showjumping-
||"Peppermint Grove" South Australian Event Horse of the year
Won every ODE start that season
4th Gawler 3DE Advanced
6th Melbourne 3DE Advanced
||4th Trans-Tasman Three Day Event Taupo New Zealand. CCI***
7th Melbourne International 3DE Advanced
||Team Gold BARCELONA Olympic Games (CCI****) Peppermint Grove
7th French National Champs Saumur CCI***
Won Dressage Prize Saumur
Won Medium dressage and Showjumping in England / Placed Hickstead
||Team 4th Equestrian World Championships The Hague
7th French National Champs CCI*** Saumur
||Won CCI*** Australian Three day Event Championships at Lochinvar
||Team Gold Medal ATLANTA Olympic Games CCI**** Peppermint Grove
Lochinvar CCI***3DE 2nd and ranked No.1 in Australia.
Australian Performance Horse of the Year
||Peppermint Grove retires - sound after running clear around the Inaugural Adelaide International Horse Trials