Algebra,
My Dear Friend,
it has been an honour.

    You taught me so many things – most of all, that a true champion is not
    defined by any external factors or limitations but only by his own
    determination and mindset.

    I had the pleasure of working with you for many years – in your younger
    years when you were ridden by Natalie Blundell and I was able to support
    you both from the ground. Natalie has taken you from “Zero to Hero” into
    the highest level of our sport and over many years together you have
    competed in an incredible 27 CCI/CIC 3*s and 6 CCI4* competitions – always
    giving it your heart and soul. Your time together finished on a high – with
    a Nomination into the Top 8 Australian combinations longlisted for the 2014
    World Equestrian Games.

    When Natalie returned to Australia at the end of 2014 you stayed at my yard
    and together with your owners – and your most longterm fans and
    supporters! – John Glenn and Julia McLean we thought it was time for you
    to step down the levels and take life a little slower.

    In my daily training sessions with you, you showed just the opposite – with
    the spirit of a 5 year old when working on the gallops and out cross
    country schooling you seemed to say “I am still at the top of my game – and
    I love it!”, so together with John & Julia we decided to give our
    partnership “a go”. It is not every day that you take on a horse at the age
    of 16 – in our combined age we were quite likely the oldest combination on
    the circuit! :-)

    2015 was definitely our year – you were in top form and we both just
    enjoyed every minute of it – which resulted in us winning two major CCI3*
    Events – Montelibretti near Rome in Italy and Haras du Pin in France. Only
    one other horse in Europe managed to match your record in that year –
    Michael Jung´s Takinou, who went on to be crowned European Champion in
    September that very year.

    We have had a great time ever since and you gave me as well as John &
    Julia many wonderful memories of major competitions and Nations Cups all
    over Europe.

    Today the day has come for you to leave Somerby Stables and return home to
    Australia to John & Julia´s most beautiful farm. I know you will be the “king of the castle” and be in
    control of their place in no time at all – just like you used to rule our
    yard! :-)

    My team and I will miss you – not seeing your glowing little face over the
    stable door in the morning, excited about what the day may bring – but we
    couldn´t wish for a better place for you than to return home.

    Home to Australia, where it all began – as a two year old on an Outback
    racetrack.

    I look forward to seeing you “back home” upon your arrival – and I am
    looking forward to an annual catch up with you during my trips to
    Australia. I am sure you will have many great stories to tell.

    To me, you are, have been and always will be a true Champion, little man. I will miss you.

    To John & Julia – I couldn´t be more grateful for giving me the chance
    to ride your wonderful horse. I have so much enjoyed the fantastic time we
    had together – many great memories! …..and I am looking forward to creating
    many more great memories together in the future!

 

 

The photo has been taken by the incredible Guillaume Beguin, the video was taken by our Head Girl Avril Smith. Thank you so much for your support!