WEST Sussex-based dressage rider Richard Black is successfully combining breeding his own competition horses for the future with producing and competing horses at top level for High Hoes Stud, near Petworth.
Richard (28) has been based in the county for four years now and had the distinction of seeing his home-bred mare and foal, Daiquiri B and Lord Barnaby B take a top accolade at a recent Futurity Evaluation at Catherston Stud in neighbouring Hampshire.
“There is something immensely satisfying about breeding my own horses for the future. It is such a long term thing in dressage and to buy a good horse is prohibitively expensive,” he said.
“Breeding is a hobby with me. I want to have nice horses to ride without spending huge amounts of money,” he added.
Originally from Leicester, Richard left school at 16 to work with horses, initially with Patsy Bartram, where he won a BYRDS Talent Spotting Competition and used the money to spend six months riding in Germany with Hannes Baumgart.
He later worked at the Woodlander Stud, which provides top class competition for the Eilbergs to ride, before joining Nicky in West Sussex.
He said: “ You have to take the long-term view in dressage and I bought Daiquiri B’s mother, Evita, in Germany to breed from. I’d seen one of her offspring and liked him so much that I bought her. She died a few years ago but gave me some nice foals.”