Heavenly Horse • Ceremonial bronze finial with standing horse • 4th-1st century BCE • (Anonymous Collection)
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Gill Suttle • War Horse
Full Oxford Blue • Olympian • Equestrian • Writer • Explorer • Academic
Gill tried them all and very much, still in the saddle.
IMAGE • STORY → GARRY RIGBY © 2023
The Akhal Teke is renowned for its endurance. The Russians call it the ‘argama’ or sacred horse; the Chinese, the ‘heavenly horse’. From Bucephalas carrying Alexander into battle at Issus, the Soviet Absent, winning a record six Olympic medals and French poet Laurence Bougault, who rode Almila from Isfahan, Iran, to Paris.   .
Surely, no one, could be a better match for an Akhal Teke than Gill Suttle.
Solo horse back across Syria and Mongolia, not to mention ‘Jailbreak’ – A slow journey through Eastern Europe (At all good[ish] book shops). Not to mention all the aforementioned accolades, Gill took a proverbial fall in 1989 and was diagnosed with Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome ~ ME to you and I.  .
“I am the black sheep in a family of organists. I wanted a horse from a very early age, not an organ, and pestered my family. I finally got one in my mid-teens.”
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