Horse & Hound



GEOFFREY BURTON unashamedl­y admits his KWPN gelding I Diablo Joe, third in the seven-year-old championsh­ip, is “the nicest, kindest, most loving animal and my best friend. I originally bred him for me to ride at unaffiliat­ed events but Ginny and Will Turnbull, who broke him in, basically told me he was too good for that!”

He also explained the story behind Joe’s name: “I’d always wanted a horse called Diablo, which means devil in Spanish. However, this was around the time

War Horse was out and my niece and nephew wanted to name him after Joey, so that’s where the Joe part comes from. Finally, the year I registered him all KWPN horses’ names had to start with ‘I’, so he became

I Diablo Joe.”

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