CAROLYN BUTLER’S love of “all things Portguese” naturally extends to the country's iconic Lusitano horses, but this was not always the case.

The rider who recently competed both her own Xerife, above, and her husband Robin’s, Zelador, in their joint debut prix st georges tests at Step Aside, Belmoredean, started out as a bit of speed junkie. Carolyn’s equestrian sports were eventing and polo which was the first equestrian enthusiasm of Robin (a former chairman of the Cowdray Park Polo Club).

She explained: “As a child I had a pony and used to gallop him on . . .

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