When Charlotte Dujardin took a job as a stable hand for Carl Hester neither of them could have predicted what a partnership it would become.
While building his business on next to nothing, he'd given a future double Olympian a chance - and perhaps unknowingly secured a gold medal of his own in the process.
With Laura Bechtolshiemer beside them the Gloucestershire trio were a force to be reckoned with.
Together they took gold in the team dressage event at Greenwich Park at the London Olympics. Now together their success has been recognised by the Queen - all three are to be awarded OBE's in the New Year Honours.
But they aren't the only equestrians to make their mark - Taunton's Debi Criddle will also be awarded an OBE for services to the sport. She took a gold and two silver medals in both individual and team events in London - her fourth paralympic games.
From the ring to the water - for services to rowing - Britain's gold medal-winning coxless pair have also made the list.
Helen Glover, whose commemorative gold postbox can be found in Penzance, will join Yeovil's Heather Stanning to recieve OBE's from Her Majesty the Queen.
And finally - a man whose skill and determination has won him 4 gold medals at 4 separate Olympic Games.
Ben Ainslie learnt his craft on the waters near Falmouth before dominating waves around the globe for more than 20 years. Now the most decorated sailor in the history of the sport has been awarded a Knights Bachelor for his services to the sport.
After announcing he won't be competing in Rio in 2016 - it's not a bad way to bow out.
Watch the full report by Laura Makin-Isherwood here: