Namibian arrived with Julie Frizzell on 5 September 2015 and they took matters slowly, the aim being to settle him into his new role. He showed great ability during his training and is the most intelligent horse she has ever sat on. He can be an impatient learner, like he wants to be at the top of his game, irrespective of what the game is. He loves attention and is truly happy during his work.
Having only started out on the para-dressage circuit in March 2016, by July he had already gained the required averages of 64% and above to be selected for the Concours Para-équestre de Dressage International (CPEDI) 1*. The pair then finished 4th at Myerscough College in November, which qualifies them for the Winter Championships in March 2017, a massive achievement from just three shows. To date they have finished in the top four in every test they have completed, which mirrors his racing career where he finished in the top four in eight of his thirteen starts, including two Group 3 wins (Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot and Gordon Stakes at Goodwood). He truly is the epitome of how versatile Thoroughbreds can be and why they succeed at a variety of second careers once retrained.
The pair aim to be selected to represent Great Britain at 1* and 2* level and contest the National titles that Julie won with her previous horse, Crazy Diamond. Developing him up to advanced dressage level is ambitious target but Julie is in no doubt that he has the brain and athleticism to do it!