TEN years ago, a three-year-old filly named Lyric was on death row when Ashurst rider, Vicky Allan, bought her for just £300 to save her from going for meat. Today, at the age of 13, Lyric, who is also known as Razzle Dazzle, is still going strong and has had the distinction of partnering Vicky to many prestigious successes over the years.
Vicky explained: “By chance, I happened to see Lyric at a stables where she was literally a few hours from going for meat.
“I recognised that she was a nice type, with some Irish draught in her, and couldn’t believe what was going to happen to her. I already had a horse, but I bought her for meat money - £300 - to save her, because I knew I would be able to sell her on.
“She had no name and I didn’t even know whether she had been backed and broken and I took a chance.
“When I got her home, I had no problems getting a saddle on her and riding her. She was such a lovely horse, with enormous potential, that in the end I sold my other horse and kept her. I still cannot believe that she was only a few hours from death when I bought her.”
Lyric has repaid Vicky’s faith in her and has proved to be an excellent riding club horse, representing Horsham and District Riding Club with Vicky in show jumping, dressage and also horse trials, under her competition name of Razzle Dazzle, with great success.
For full story see Equestrian Page, West Sussex Gazette, December 21