Eventer David Doel on his gifted mare Ferro Level


  • British occasion rider David Doel has two rides within the five-star at Pau Horse Trials in 2022, however the first of those two rides, Ferro Level, is a particular mare.

    The 12-year-old, who’s by Match Level and owned by Christine and Hannah Lees and Molly Nunn, has a number of four-star completions to her identify, and jumped a cross-country clear round Luhmühlen five-star earlier this yr. However she takes some managing as she has kissing backbone – one thing that hasn’t received in her manner throughout her profitable eventing profession.

    “She’s very cute however has kissing backbone, which we handle with nice care and finally, she loves her job,” explains David, who has ridden her since she was 4. “We spend a variety of time engaged on her high line and don’t do something too intense together with her.”

    David says that the mare’s enthusiasm for her job is inspiring.

    “She’s at all times had a giant bounce and she or he has a variety of enthusiasm for it. Half the issue is getting them to need to do the job within the first place, and even together with her again limitations, she desires to do it, which makes life simpler.”

    David and Ferro Level scored 39.1, placing them in 14th place after the primary day of dressage at Pau right this moment (27 October).

    “It’s taken us a very long time to get her to do some civilised flying-changes and we got here right here hoping for a rating between 35 and 40, so it’s nice to have achieved that,” defined the 29-year-old from Wiltshire, who additionally runs an ice cream enterprise alongside his full-time eventing profession. “She stayed actually stage headed within the check and did the whole lot in the proper place.”

    David says that Ferro Level is a special character as soon as she will get out of her secure and onto the intense enterprise of tackling cross-country programs.

    “Within the secure she’s actually reserved, however as quickly as she will get out onto the cross-country, she’ll be pulling my arms out and she or he likes to gallop – she’s a cool little pocket rocket and fairly a feisty little blood-type mare”.

    David explains that Ferro Level has a superb group behind her to maintain her completely satisfied and wholesome.

    “Now we have a extremely good vet and physio, and the women and boy I’ve working for me at dwelling are nice about working together with her – she has a lot of totally different workout routines and we do a variety of driving and main together with her in order that she doesn’t at all times have somebody on her again to get her match,” he explains.

    “Peter ‘Spike’ Milligan is her vet, then she has three totally different physios, plus one of many ladies who works for me is certified as an equine therapeutic massage therapist, so it’s an actual group effort.”

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