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Bubbles was the first pony I hunted properly off the lead rein. She was bought for my brother Jonathan from Liz Grant (mother of jockey Mark Grant). When he outgrew her I was next in line.

She was an amazing pony and brilliant to jump, but she pulled very hard so trips to the neighbours sand gallop would on occasion be part of the pre-hunting days routine. My father would also put a short knot i…