Meet this beautiful “supercob” who’s each silver and gold, adjustments color all year long – and is a dab hoof at dressage.
Catherine Chalkly and Bradwell Dun Deal, each 16, secured second place within the elementary dressage to music class on the British Using Golf equipment championships at Bury Farm on 30 September.
Catherine’s mom Hannah informed H&H they’ve owned “Brad” for 4 years.
“We clip him all 12 months spherical and he’s golden, however goes gray in winter,” she stated. “He didn’t have many dapples after we purchased him; they’re extra a current factor! He modifies shade all year long.”
The buckskin gelding is described as dun in his passport, but in addition reveals off various shades of gray.
“We don’t understand how he’s bred; when he obtained him, he had an appaloosa passport!” Hannah stated. “He’s now registered as a part-bred with the Conventional Gypsy Cob Affiliation. We’re undecided what the opposite half is; folks have stated Clydesdale, Connemara, Friesian – no thought!”
Hannah stated her daughter has solely been driving for 5 or 6 years, and Hannah initially purchased Brad for herself, however “he turned Catherine’s horse in a short time”.
“They began doing dressage simply earlier than Covid; she does a little bit of leaping and cross-country however dressage is her huge ardour,” Hannah stated.
“Earlier than we purchased him, he’d spent most of his life in a subject doing nothing so he was actually inexperienced and we needed to begin him from the start however he’s been an absolute star, sensible to do every part with. He generally is a bit grumpy however he hasn’t obtained a nasty bone in his physique.”
Hannah added that she trusts the cob implicitly, no matter Catherine does with him.
“We’ve obtained to a tough junction in Catherine’s life as a result of she takes dressage very critically and needs to progress however she’s been informed he’ll by no means get chosen for any groups,” Hannah stated. “The query got here up of promoting him however we simply couldn’t, we love him, and he’s making her a rider.”
Hannah stated she wouldn’t need Catherine to have a “push-button” dressage horse, and that she and Brad have been chosen to characterize their area this 12 months, and are hoping to maneuver as much as medium stage this winter.
She added that she was nervous on the championships – “She was the one junior within the class and there have been some superb riders there!” – however all went properly.
“I used to be very proud,” she stated.
And as is the case at most reveals, others have been stuffed with questions on Brad.
“Individuals all the time ask what color he’s, and what breed,” Hannah stated. “They ask if he’s on the market, even after we’ve stopped at service stations! His secure identify is de facto Rolo however we name him Brad as we think about he’s like a surfer, loving himself along with his lengthy hair.”
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