CHAR LASSETTER was a member of the British Dressage '2000 Squad' with Excellance, the horse she identifies as the special one in her development and success as as a rider and trainer: "Before Excellance I'd had various horses who'd competed up to PSG and I was lucky enough to ride old grand prix horses of my husband, John Lassetter's."

Excellance was half-thoroughbred by Nooitgedaht out of a mare by Lucky Boy XX, the sire who established the famous Dutch dynasty of international showjumpers. Char continues: "I had Excellance from five years' old and trained him up . . .

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