By Catherine Austen
Sculptor Caroline Wallace today unveiled a new trophy for the feature class at this week’s Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, the prestigious CCI4*-L, to celebrate The Jockey Club’s new role as organiser of the event.
The bronze of a horse jumping the “JC” initials embodies the power and grace of the top event horses competing here at Blenheim Palace, according to Caroline, whose previous commissions include lifesize statues of three Grand National winners and the 2012 Olympic team gold medal-winning showjumper Hello Sanctos.
Caroline explained: “It was lovely to be asked to make this trophy – eventing and racing have both featured prominently in my life.”
In her youth, Caroline groomed for HRH Princess Anne at international competitions such as the European Championships in Kiev and was responsible for her famous horses Doublet, Goodwill and Columbus. She later worked for the British eventing team vet Peter Scott Dunn, and was a successful event rider herself, winning at the first three-day event held at Bramham, Yorkshire, in 1976.
Caroline’s son, Major Harry Wallace, race-rode as an amateur, winning both the Grand Military Gold Cup and the Royal Artillery Gold Cup at Sandown Park. His partner Lucy Jackson is a top event rider who represented New Zealand at the 2014 World Equestrian Games.
Caroline began sculpting when she broke her leg while pregnant with her daughter, and was unable to ride or drive. She is married to William Nunneley, formerly Head of Stewarding for the British Horseracing Authority.
Her commissions can be found all over the world, including Ascot, Sandown Park and Doncaster racecourses. In 2022, her lifesize bronze of Her Majesty The Queen riding her favourite charger, Burmese, modelled on Trooping The Colour in 1984, will be unveiled.