The H&C team was saddened by the news that the talented stallion Unbelievable Darco has had to be put to sleep due to colic.
The Brendon Stud Facebook page has been overwhelmed with hundreds of messages after the annoucement about the loss of the 15-year-old stallion, who was known at home as Fred.
The statement read: "With great sadness, this status is to tell you all the terrible sad news that Fred was put to sleep early this morning after getting colic last night. He will be forever missed but never forgotten."
Fred was by the formidable jumper Darco - one of the biggest names in show jumping breeding - and he gave numerous successes to owner Shirley Light.
As well as winning over £32,660 in BSJA winnings, Fred reached International Grade A and gained 17 points with British Dressage. As a young horse, he qualified for the for Style and Performance finals, Olympic Star Spotters and Blue Riband. He also represented Great Britain at the World Breeding Championships held at Zangersheide.
The stallion was recently competed by rider Louise Pavitt, and the pair finished second in the 2011 Bunn Leisure Speed Derby at Hickstead. While he is a big loss to the showjumping world, Fred has passed on his looks, talent and temperament to his progeny and his name will live on in the sport for years to come.