Farewell to Richard Barrett’s Alcatraz

  • Richard Barrett’s grand prix dressage horse Alcatraz has been put down at the age of 19.

    “He had uvitis [inflammation of the eye] and was blind,” explained Richard, “And he also had the onset of Cushing’s disease.

    “It was very sad but he couldn’t go out and was getting very miserable, so I decided the decision should be made sooner rather than later.”

    The gelding by El Corona out of a British-bred mare, had been with Richard and his wife Nicky, also a grand prix rider, for ten years and he belonged to Claire Bailey.

    “He was such a good boy,” added Richard, “He was my first grand prix horse and I won two internationals on him, including the CDI at Hartpury in 2008.”

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