65 - RIP Rommel

Rommel and GillyFollowing a catalogue of problems over the last two years I made the difficult decision to have Rommel put to sleep on Tuesday.

He really was the most exhilarating horse to ride. He gave me some of the best moments of my life along with some of the scariest!! The highlight was his medium trot, with the power of a Ferrari and the gee force was phenomenal.

He won many competitions with fantastic scores over 70%. He qualified for the National Championships, finishing just outside the top ten. He qualified each year for the Regionals at Novice, Elementary and Medium Free style to Music. He was 4th at the Hickstead Masters Championships at Novice and Just out the placings Elementary last year.

Throughout this epic journey I have people to thank for their part in making some of the happiest and memorable times.

Lynda and Tommy Tucker escorted us weekly around the forest and always managed one way or another to get us home!! Later Jo/ Ali and Nancy took some of the responsibility.

My Vet Hani from Endells has been such a support over this last year and previously Chris Pearce. To Gary Miller and Gavin Scofield.

To Lynn Watson for allowing me to take such a brute in her lovely lorry, and enabled me to expose him to so many different environments.

To Jimmy Burbidge for keeping me safe around the yard and giving me a field close to the stable so I could get him out without being knocked over. To Lisa Hinton (Nee Storey) for getting Rommel in when I was away.

The Biggest thank you goes to my very dear friend Louise Downing. She really has been on the entire journey. Firstly she made me buy him, and on dropping him off she said “Be careful getting on and taking him to the field sorry must dash”

I really should have studied history more thoroughly. I should have asked why he was called Rommel before I signed on the dotted line!!!

Yes Rommel the dictator did things on his terms for the first 6 months, until I called in the re- enforcements to take control. Louise was always there to pick up the pieces and put me back together. She was there at Hickstead and at the National Championships. I may not even have gone if she had not shouted at me- “ You knocked me out of first place and I cant go now you are ***** well going”

She was there at the end. Thank you Louise you are a true friend and just for once in his life he went quietly. RIP Rommel.X

21st of September 2014

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