WALES & WEST
Hunters EC, Glos | Burrows Court Farm, Glos Sadie Smith and her young stallion River Rise Magic Mike excelled in the novices at Hunters EC, competing in tough company.
‘He looks like a painting and has an amazing temperament for a stallion’
SADIE SMITH ON ‘MIKEY’
Mature performances from “Mikey” left the pair high on the leaderboard, second only to Charlotte Dujardin and Hawtins San Floriana — whose scores topped 80%.
“He got a nine for his paces in both tests,” said Sadie, who works for Carl Hester and co-owns the five-year-old T Movistar son with Sarah Tyler Evans.
“He is lovely — he looks like a painting and he has an amazing temperament for a stallion.”
Mikey last competed at the nationals a year ago, where he was reserve four-year-old champion.
“We’ve had a slight problem with loading as he jumps the entire ramp when he’s coming down off the lorry,” said Sadie. “His dad did the same thing. He’s now a lot better, although we still have to back him down the ramp.”
Katie Kneen took novice and elementary qualifiers at Burrows Court Farm with The Last Cavalier, her “soulmate”.
“I bought him from Ireland as a two-year-old and he’s now
12,” said Katie of the Last News gelding she calls Tigger. “He was eventing at intermediate until last year but started to pick up injuries as he likes to jump everything massive. He’s happier going cross-country training than doing dressage, but the more tricks he learns the more he enjoys it.”
Katie has started training with Emile Faurie and is working Tigger at medium at home.
“If we can crack the changes, we’ll aim for advanced medium next year,” she said.
Sadie Smith and the T Movistar five-year-old stallion River Rise Magic Mike display oodles of promise at novice