Family Horses

DIARANA DH Z (Didi)

Didi is a 10-year-old 16hh dark brown mare owned by Ros Morgan that Josh started riding during 2020. They built a partnership going from BE100 to their first OIu21 at Oasby (where they jumped double clear) at the end of the season. They have established a great bond, both loving their cross country and tolerating the dressage!

Josh consolidated their partnership in 2021, placing 2nd in a OIu21 and completing Bicton’s CCI3*S. For 2022 the pair will continue to contest OIu21 classes.

IRISH ANGEL NJ (Cassie)

Cassie is a 12-year-old, 16.2hh bay mare by Cassino, who we found at the Monart Sale in Ireland in 2013. She has a great eye and is a good model of a horse, with a kind and gentle temperament. She started her eventing career in 2015 but unfortunately had a freak accident on the walker in 2016. She now has a new competitive career, vaulting with Urssie. In her first competitive season Cassie became British Champion with children in three different categories, including with Urssie. For 2022 Urssie is aiming Cassie for the Junior European Vaulting Championships, and with EVS Team for the World Equestrian Games.

IRISH GOLD NH (Richie)

Richie is an 8-year-old 17.3hh steel grey Irish Draft gelding owned by Urssie and Jenny that Bill found in Ireland just before lockdown in 2020 – we bought him from a video of him being in the pub (literally!) after a day’s hunting so knew he would likely have the temperament for vaulting. Lockdown allowed us to get to know him and begin his training as a vaulting horse and he’s taken to it very well.

For 2022 Urssie is aiming him for the Junior European Vaulting Championships, and with EVS Team for the World Equestrian Games.

SHANNONDALE JEDI (Jedi)

Jedi is a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, owned by Jenny. We purchased him at the Monart Sale in 2016 and produced him slowly. He has been competed by Bill, Jenny and Josh.

A true ‘family horse’ he is now turning his hoof to vaulting. For 2022 Urssie is aiming him for the Junior European Vaulting Championships, and with EVS Team for the World Equestrian Games.

THIS ONE’S ON YOU (Bert)

Bert is a 13-year-old, 16.3hh bay gelding owned by Liz Murdoch. He is by Ars Vivendi out of a Clover Hill mare. Produced by Polly Jackson Griffin, he was competed by Bill for a couple of seasons before Josh took over the reins in 2020.

By the end of 2021 the pair was contesting OIu21 classes (3rd at Kelsall Hill), also completing a CCI3*S. More of the same for 2022.

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