Redesdale Equestrian is home to Helen Self-Dodd and her team of young event horses. Helen specialises in producing young horses and all except one of her eventers have been produced from unbroken or just broken youngsters. After just three years of turning semi-professional and building the team from scratch, last year was a key milestone with 50% of performances resulting in a top 12 finish and Charlie, Marley and Hero all having at least one top three finish each.
‘Pea Pod’ is the foundation horse for the current team of eventers. He 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 Novice successfully after just four runs at BE100. He finished 2nd at Dalkeith in 2016 and 4th at the Scottish and Northern Championships in the same year. He missed 2017 through injury but will be aimed at Intermediate this year.
‘Dude’ was bought as an unbroken 3 year old and started his eventing season in 2017 with two double clears. He is small and mighty and a fun horse to ride. His stable is the first on the yard and he takes this position 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.
‘Hero’ is the most experience of all our eventers. He 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 in 2017 winning the best Northumbrian Rider trophy at Belsay and will be aimed at Intermediate this year.
‘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. He is improving all the time and won on his first outing in 2017 at Dalkeith and finished in the top ten at the Scottish and Northern Championships. He will be aimed at Novice level this year.
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 was broken in Autumn 2017 and will contest Young Event Horse classes this year.
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 has siblings successfully eventing at both two and three star level. His sire Tolan R competes at 1.50m, we know Cruise can jump as he has nonchalantly popped over the gate into the next paddock! He will be backed in the spring of 2018 and aimed at Young Event Horse classes this year.