He was to take part in several major campaigns and was on General Montgomery's staff from November 1942 until the end of the war in Europe, part of that time as Senior Liaison Officer at Eighth Army headquarters.
He rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, was twice mentioned in Dispatches, and was decorated with the US Legion of Merit and appointed OBE.
The disastrous first round that morning, in which Foxhunter incurred 16.75 faults and at one stage became perilously close to losing his jockey, was forgotten in the euphoria of victory - except by Harry Llewellyn himself. I was shattered." Afterwards he managed to sleep for an hour (the equable Foxhunter also slumbered peacefully between rounds) before returning to the Finnish arena, thoroughly warmed up and "raring to go", to complete their second round clear, which gave Britain victory.
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On the left a graceful weeping willow bent over the saddle-room above which the weather vane showed Foxhunter and his owner about to jump.
I remarked to Colonel Llewellyn, “The view of a horse as it is about to jump is not the most graceful picture.” His reply was characteristic: “A horse has many aspects, some more attractive than others.
Together they were to win a remarkable total of 78 international competitions (including three victories in the King George V Gold Cup in 1948, 19) before the horse retired in 1956.
They remain one of the greatest and best-loved partnerships ever to grace the British show-jumping scene.
When the offering was over, my host chuckled and said: “Now I had better introduce them to Foxhunter.” Foxhunter lived next door, and the visitors had been regaling Monty.
The glint in Monty’s eye showed that he appreciated the situation.
He has been known, after being ‘tucked in’ for the night, to undo the bolt on his door, clear that five-barred gate, and have a late supper in the field.” So with the other horses until I felt convinced that with a little training the horses at Gobion could become a competent string orchestra, a football team, or the staff of a nursery school.
Foxhunter was a champion show jumping horse ridden by Harry Llewellyn, best known for securing Great Britain’s only gold medal at the 1952 Olympics.
His approach, for instance, is like a lady, but his departure is like a charwoman.” In front of the saddle-room is the home of the stable-yard bantams—a bijou residence complete with roof, gothic portal, and forecourt.