This talented seven- year old gelding is owned by a syndicate put together by Rosie and his previous owners, hence her chance to keep the ride and produce him. Gold II also has his Foxhunter second rounds and other seven year old classes to contend this summer. He is a German bred 16h bay gelding who originally was intended to event, however he had an aversion to dressage. His athleticism and bravery are very useful in the showjumping ring and he is as passionate about his jumping as his rider.
Rosie reflects on her HOYS experience........
'Having missed out narrowly for many years it was rather a triumph to be eventually cantering down that tunnel into the main arena at HOYS. Curtains back and in you go. It was incredibly bright in there, and I thought the track was very strong for a seven year old. However it was obviously built with skill as my horses confidence seemed to grow as the round went on.
I was pleased with how he jumped and look forward to jumping there again one day.
Schooling in the morning before the competition with all the showing people was certainly a surreal experience at 5am in the morning. However well worth the early start as it meant Gold had a good look around the arena before the evenings performance.
The start of the talent seekers was late, hence all day to think about it. I must admit I was glad to finally be on board and jumping at 9.30pm. It was a long late drive back, eventually getting home at 2.30am. Just a couple of hours sleep to be had before setting off for Dunkirk.'