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Posted - 11 Jun 2008 :  11:39:35 AM  Show Profile  Visit Admin's Homepage Bookmark this topic Add Admin to your friends list Send Admin a Private Message
Dressage training helps Blue Cross horse in quest for new home

A local dressage trainer is giving free dressage training to a talented Blue Cross horse in order to help him find a suitable new loan home. Charity horse Blue Cross Ryan and his riding groom Annalisa Burge have been selected by Dressage U21s UK1 organiser Carol Hogg (BHSAI (IT) BD List 3, to participate in the Cotswolds team’s prestigious dressage training programme during 2008. The training will build the horse’s experience, helping him to find a new loan home where his considerable potential as a competition horse can be fulfilled.

Blue Cross Ryan, a handsome, seven-year-old Irish Sport Horse, was signed over to the charity a year ago, as his owner was no longer in a position to care for him. On arrival at the Burford Centre, Ryan needed six months of box rest to recover from a flexor tendon injury, leaving his future as a rideable horse uncertain.

Fortunately, after Ryan had completed his box rest, on veterinary recommendation he was gradually brought back into work. The nature of Blue Cross Ryan`s tendon injury necessitates a stay at the Burford Centre until he has remained fully fit and sound for a significant length of time. Annalisa, his allocated rider, has been developing his flatwork and has introduced him to some local dressage competitions as a part of his rehabilitation programme. The pair demonstrated talent and ability and were recently spotted by local Dressage U21s UK organiser Carol Hogg.

Dressage U21s UK Squads train at the Unicorn Equestrian Trust at Stow on the Wold. Whilst Blue Cross Ryan will not be eligible to travel with the Squads to any Friendly International competitions, he will be a part of the Squad training programme and will be able to participate in the monthly training regularly.

Carol explains “Blue Cross Ryan is a super ambassador for the excellent work carried out by The Blue Cross. He generates plenty of attention when he is out and about on the show circuit as he is a good looking and big moving young horse with so much potential. It is lovely to be able to help the charity by providing some additional training for Ryan and Annalisa this year. By joining regular Dressage U21s UK Squad training sessions, Annalisa can continue to build on Ryan`s experience, which will help to secure him a good home when he is ready.”

The Blue Cross rehabilitates and rehomes over a hundred horses and ponies every year at its equine centres in Burford (Oxfordshire) and Rolleston-on-Dove (Staffordshire). A third facility in Northiam (East Sussex) provides rest and retirement for Blue Cross equines. For more information please visit

1Dressage U21s UK are independent of and separate from British Dressage

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Posted - 12 Jun 2008 :  01:16:05 AM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Tahir to your friends list Send Tahir a Private Message
What a lovely story, and I hope that Ryan and Annalise have loads of fun and success. Also wishing Ryan the best of luck in finding a forever, loving loan home.

Carla, xx.
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Posted - 13 Jul 2008 :  08:54:35 AM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Sahir to your friends list Send Sahir a Private Message
What a beautiful horse - and a heart-warming story, let's hope he finds the home/owner that he deserves.

Elaine x
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