Polly hangs up her boots

Ottery St Mary-based Polly Gundry - the country’s winning-most female point to point rider, has hung up her boots.

Polly, 35, decided to call time on her riding career after firing home a treble at Great Trethew on Saturday, two of the winners trained by her partner Ed Walker.

After suffering a few heavy falls recently, she said she was just waiting for a ‘good day’ before deciding to call it a day.

Polly has been national champion eight times, and has ridden 303 point to point winners in a career that has spanned just over 19 years.

She had her first point to point ride at Larkhill in March 1992, when she was fourth on a horse called Schlemmer.

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She went on to break all records and won top races such as the 2002 Aintree Foxhunters on Torduff Express and the Horse and Hound Cup at Stratford on Mrs Be. Polly will concentrate now on her career as a licensed trainer and, as the Herald went to press, she was busy saddling Fort View in the John Smith’s Foxhunter’s at Aintree.

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