Redesdale Equestrian is home to Helen Self-Dodd and her team of event horses. Helen specialises in producing young horses and all except one of her eventers have been produced from unbroken or just broken youngsters. Within a few years of turning semi-professional and building the team from scratch, last year was a key milestone with Helen completing a full season at Intermediate and returning to Three-Day- Event level at Blair Castle. With four horses to event this year and two young apprentices to mentor as they start their eventing careers, 2022 is going to be a busy year!
Breeding: Welsh x Thoroughbred
‘Pea Pod’ is the foundation horse for the current team of eventers. He originally came on loan and was subsequently bought from his breeder, Jo Luton in 2014. Pea Pod is very talented, very good looking, not at all humble and extremely flamboyant! He stepped up to Intermediate in 2021 and completed the prestigious Blair International CCI2*L with a clear round cross country. Pea Pod has previously finished 8th in the CCI2*S at Alnwick Ford International and was placed 4th at the Scottish and Northern Championships as a young horse in 2016. He will be aimed at CCI3* level this year.
Breeding: Irish Sports Horse
The youngest member of the team, Cruise was bought from the prestigious ‘Go for Gold’ sales in Ireland in 2017. He has Grand Prix show jumping blood mixed with some of Ireland’s best sports horse lines in his pedigree. He is also related to Roo, both horses have the famous Irish King of Diamonds in their breeding. Cruise occasionally likes to demonstrate his jumping prowess by nonchalantly popping over the gate into the next paddock! Cruise has won at both BE90 & 100 and has been placed in all his Novice runs to date. He competed at CCI2*S last year and will be aimed at CCI3* level this year.
Breeding: Warmblood x Irish Sports Horse
Bred by the Billy Stud ‘Roo’ was bought from their first online Auction in 2016 as an unbroken three year old. On arrival she jumped three fences and ended up next door with the cows! Her grandsire, Billy Congo is a European Showjumping Gold Medalist and has won over £600,000 in prize money. Roo started evening last year and finished with a confident run at BE100. She will be aimed at Novice this year.
Breeding: Warmblood (KWPN)
Hector joined the team at the end of the 2021 season having been successfully competed at grassroots level, finishing his season with two competitive Novice runs. He is a real character, loves attention and likes the odd practical joke. His Sire was a successful eventer in his own right competing up to three-star level. The aim for Hector this season is to consolidate his Novice form and hopefully qualify for the CCI2*L at Blair International.
‘Charlie’ arrived in 2014 as a sales livery and never left. He had been trained to race but never made it to the track. He is a talented and very affectionate horse but can get a little anxious. Charlie has competed up to Novice but is happier at grassroots level where he has won at BE90 and had several placings at BE100. He has also finished in the top ten at the Scottish and Northern Championships. He is ridden by Chloe and last year they completed their first BE event together with a clear cross country round.
Breeding: Warmblood x Thoroughbred
‘Dude’ was bought as an unbroken 3 year old and started his eventing in 2017. He is small and mighty and a fun horse to ride. He is the longest standing resident at Redesdale and he takes his gatekeeper role very seriously! He is being produced as a junior horse and we hope will one day follow in the footsteps of his half-brother who has won individual Gold at the Junior European Eventing Championships. He is currently being ridden by 15-year old Lucy, who will be starting her eventing career in 2022.
‘Hero’ was purchased from a dealer having been brought over from Ireland where he evented up to CCI* level. He is the team’s Grandad and doesn’t like misbehaviour of any sort! He has quite an unorthodox style, but gets the job done. Hero competed successfully at Novice with several places and also won the best Northumbrian Rider trophy at Belsay. Sadly, a tendon injury ended his eventing career and he is now enjoying a semi-retirement.