PRE-Fusion horse Diamanté, whose proprietor introduced him over to the UK from Andalucía after falling in love with him whereas on a trekking vacation, is about to make his London Worldwide Horse Present debut after qualifying for the Senior Displaying and Dressage Ltd (SSADL) finals.
Virginia Draper’s 18-year-old Diamanté – who is named Mr D at house – certified for the in-hand championship at Onley Equestrian Centre in September. Mr D is the one Spanish horse to qualify for the 2022 championships, however he can be joined in London by Joanne Eldridge’s 15-year-old Lusitano Cayak, who’s contesting the ridden finale.
“Our first spherical qualification was at an agricultural present,” explains Virginia. “We then entered two exhibits for the second spherical and far to my amazement we took the championship. My mum watched proudly with pretty exhibiting associates cheering us on on the ringside. Each the tears and Bucks Fizz flowed.”
Mr D was bred in a small village in Andalucía, Spain.
“His breeder isn’t horsey; he had bought a PRE mare to experience within the native ferías and months later Mr D got here alongside,” continues Virginia. “Mr D was then purchased as a teenager by Los Olivillos. He grew right into a good-looking stallion earlier than turning into a much-loved trekking horse.”
Virginia first met Mr D when she went on a using vacation.
“From the second I noticed Mr D shaking a paw it was love at first sight,” she recollects. “Los Olivillos may see our connection and after many using holidays collectively within the Andalucían mountains a 12-year-old Mr D got here to dwell with me in England. My dream of getting my very own horse got here true.
“Since then, we’ve loved six wonderful years hacking, competing and customarily having fun with life.”
Mr D, who can also be a 2022 SEIB Displaying World awards veteran of the yr finalist, additionally competes in British Dressage and participates in Iberian demos. Within the present ring, the pair give attention to international breed, veteran and concours d’magnificence lessons.
“He loves consideration,” says Virginia. “This yr Mr D has appeared and felt his finest. I’ve constructed up his health with hacking round Hertfordshire and we additionally rode in an 100 mile summer time charity problem.
“This yr I learnt the best way to tow a trailer and we have now had probably the most wonderful exhibiting yr I may ever want for, in addition to a number of enjoyable on our adventures collectively. He received seven championship titles in the course of the summer time present season, together with the Better of the Greatest supreme at H.O.P.E present.
“He’s my horse of a lifetime. Diamanté Del Rey interprets because the King Of Diamonds however he’s the king of my coronary heart, too. I’m ceaselessly grateful to him for making all my goals come true.”
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