Harry Meade has an exciting new addition to his string of horses — world seven-year-old champion Ténarèze.
The Anglo-Arab stallion was previously competed by French rider Tom Carlile. As well as taking the title in Le Lion d’Angers, France, this autumn (16-19 October) the combination also took the six-year-old title in 2013.
“Taz” has an impressive record and has never finished outside of the top three in international classes.
The Jaguar Mail son has been bought by Nigella Hall, a long-time supporter of Harry, and Tamsie Castle.
Harry told H&H that he tried the stallion this summer and that the sale was agreed before Le Lion.
“I’m excited to ride such a lovely horse that Tom has produced so well,” Harry added.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know him over the winter; my first priority is to build a partnership before focusing on any specific goals.”
Tom told French media that he had sold Taz for economic reasons to help him to pursue “personal projects”.
“Taz is a special horse for me because this is my first horse I bought with my own name and savings and he never let me down,” he said.
“Placed or winning at every competition there is a chance he could have taken me to Rio.
“Harry’s owners have made a good investment.”
Taz will help to strengthen Harry’s stable after he lost his four-star partner Wild Lone after he collapsed and died following the cross-country phase of the FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games in the summer.
Tom added that he would not be surprised to see the horse at the 2016 Olympics with Team GB.
“Even if it’s hard to see him go, I’m glad it was to Harry,” Tom said.
“He came to me to try it with his father Richard, the triple Olympic champion. It’s a very good home.”