Earlier this year, on 24th May 2012, Henrietta Knight announced her retirement from training but has managed to still keep herself as busy as ever and now takes horses in for pre training and specialist jumping education. Any of the horses that Knight trained previously, were prepared this season as normal, and joined fellow trainer Mick Channon for the season.
A woman of many talents, Henrietta Knight was a formidable horse trainer and, although retired, is still based out of West Lockinge Farm, Oxfordshire where she runs a very successful business with her husband, Terry Biddlecombe.
Knight first started training in Started training July 1989 and her first winner came from The Grey Gunner (Bangor) August 1989 and since then she has had over 640 winners. Undoubtedly one of her biggest success stories has come from Best mate who took the 2002 King George VI Chase as well as the Cheltenham Gold Cup three years in a row in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Amoung her crop of stable stars were Calgary Bay and Somersby both of whom have impressed in many of the top events at the Aintree and Cheltenham Festivals, with Calgary being heavily tipped for the 2012 Grand National, though he finished 14th in the end, and Somersby for the 2012 Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham, where he finished 7th.
Henrietta Knight has authored two books so far called Best Mate: Chasing Gold, and Best Mate: Triple Gold and despite her retirement is still very much hands on and is advising and assisting Mick Channon with his new charges.