Horse hero

The res­cue pony turned HOYS win­ner, who doesn’t have any idea he’s only 12hh

Horse & Hound - - News Insider - By RE­BECCA HAY­WOOD

Res­cue pony turned HOYS win­ner Cad­lan­val­ley Su­perted

LIFE could have turned out very dif­fer­ently for Cad­lan­val­ley Su­perted, but af­ter be­ing res­cued from a field in Shrews­bury his luck was turned around. De­spite his poor con­di­tion, Hay­ley

Grota, of the Cad­lan­val­ley Stud, saw po­ten­tial in the diminu­tive chest­nut geld­ing.

“He was one of 30 in a ne­glect case,” says Hay­ley. “It was his bone that first drew my at­ten­tion to him, and his lovely, kind eye.

“He was so weak we lit­er­ally had to carry him up the ramp. I gave him a year out on grass so he could live a nat­u­ral life. I don’t think he lifted his head for five days — he was def­i­nitely mak­ing up for lost time. When he came in I couldn’t be­lieve how much he’d changed and ma­tured.”

As a four-year-old, he was in­tro­duced to show­ing with Hay­ley’s daugh­ter Libby and they went on to win the mini show hunter pony ti­tle at the BSPS win­ter cham­pi­onships.

Af­ter be­ing bought by Lisa Kerr to­wards the end of his first year in the show ring, he went on to win the lead-rein pony of hunter type fi­nal at HOYS with Lisa’s daugh­ter Cate.

“I first spot­ted Ted at the BSPS sum­mer cham­pi­onships and fell in love with him then,” re­calls Lisa. “I couldn’t be­lieve it when he came on the mar­ket. We drove to Wales as soon as we could and bought him, which turned out to be a very good de­ci­sion.

“We love him be­cause not only is he a su­per-safe lead-rein pony, but he has also taken both of my girls off the lead and he

‘It was his bone and kind eye that drew my at­ten­tion, but he was so weak we had to carry him

up the ramp’

HAY­LeY GROTA

re­ally looks af­ter them.”

Lisa’s youngest daugh­ter Agnes won the lead-rein hunter pony fi­nal at Horse of the Year Show on Ted last year.

Sara Par­rott and Craig Elenor have pro­duced Su­perted since the Kerr fam­ily has owned him.

“Ted is very aptly named,” says Sara. “He is full of per­son­al­ity and is such a cheeky chap —

I don’t think he would have any idea he’s only 12hh.

“He’s al­ways Mr Re­li­able; he’s to­tally un­flap­pable and al­ways gives us 100% in the ring,” she adds. “He’s never sick or sorry and starts ev­ery day with his ears pricked look­ing for what’s go­ing on.”

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