NORTH-WEST

A Face­book pur­chase won at Field House, while his pre­vi­ous owner also claimed vic­tory at the same venue.

Horse & Hound - - Dressage - By JO PRESTWICH

Lind­say Wil­cox-Reid’s Field House win­ner, Beck­house Able, is a part-Hack­ney geld­ing bred by Ian Smith, and was bought just over a year ago from

He­len Lowe.

“I wasn’t look­ing for a horse but I saw his photo on Face­book and the next thing I was mes­sag­ing to find out a bit more about him,” ex­plained Lind­say, who trains with An­gela Weiss. “He has an amaz­ing per­son­al­ity and plenty of abil­ity. That was his first proper show and only his sec­ond novice. Sadly we’ve run out of time to qual­ify for the win­ters but, work per­mit­ting, we’ll aim for the sum­mers and move on up the lev­els.”

He­len her­self won the medium 73 at the same venue rid­ing Westhills Dixie Chick, by the same sire as Able, Jel­mar, and out of Beck­house Can­cara, who is cur­rently com­pet­ing with

Lily Payne.

“He’s not done a great deal and this is only his third medium,” said He­len of the eight-year-old geld­ing.

Jo El­lis-Jones’ Santino Royale won the novice 34 at South View Arena in the ca­pa­ble hands of David Llewellyn. Jo bought the now nine-year-old five years ago and com­peted him her­self un­til a se­ries of in­juries and mishaps plagued the com­bi­na­tion.

“He dam­aged a lig­a­ment, I broke my an­kle, then he col­icked and was di­ag­nosed with ul­cers and rounded it up with a foot im­bal­ance, hence the break un­til this year,” ex­plained Jo. “I de­cided that get­ting David to take him out and com­pete him to be­gin with was the way for­ward.”

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