A little about Perri the super dude!
I am so fortunate to have been riding Perri for nearly 3 years. Perri is a 15.2hh piebald gelding and who is cob cross thoroughbred. He is owned by Sabine Remnant and she has very kindly lent him to me over the past few years. Her mum Miranda hunts him and competes in BE up to BE100 so it must have been quite a shock for him to come to rallies with me!
I’ve had the most amazing Summer riding Perri who is the most genuine and honest horse I’ve ever ridden. Being partially sighted means that Perri’s honesty is so much more important to me than it would be to anyone else. My favorite time with Perri so far must be Pony Club Eventing this Summer. I could not have done so well without him. It all started when I took part in the Area Eventing at Brightling, this was my second ever One Day Event on Perri so I wasn’t expecting much however Perri (being a pro) and I managed to come first in our section which meant we
had qualified for the Regional Championships at Horseheath. I was so chuffed!
On the day of Regional Champs Perri and I achieved a personal best dressage score of 27.5 (which put us in second place), we had an unlucky plank down in the Show Jumping and we were sailing round the cross country course when mid way round my guide horse pulled up la me which meant that I had to make a split second decision whether to retire or go on. I knew that Perri was so capable, and I thought to myself “ we can do this ” and we did manage to finish but it was a bit hairy! He was so tolerant of my wonky lines to the fences, and we scrambled over combinations after I gave him the worst approaches possible! He really is a super dude, and I am very lucky to have had him a s m y partner as he is so much more than just a horse. I am so dependent on him; he is my extra set of eyes if only he knew how much freedom and opportunity he has given me!
I am also very grateful to my guides this Summer, Caroline Barbour and Emma Ainslie and their respective horses
without you none of this would have been possible.
The year ended with an amazing opportunity when event rider Harry Meade invited Perri and I to his yard for a lesson. It was the most amazing experience and I learnt so much. He has a technical way of teaching which was very inspiring. Perri rose to the occasion and strutted his stuff! He was rewarded with his photo in Horse and Hound!!