What you didn’t know about… Barry’s Best

  • Event rider Rosie Thomas tells H&H about her cross-country machine who loves a bath.

    Fact file

    Stable name: Baz

    Age: 18

    Height: 16.3hh

    Breed: thoroughbred-cross

    Sire: Tehran Missile

    Dam: Tango

    Discipline: eventing

    Owner: Rosie Thomas

    Groom: Claire Thomas (Rosie’s sister)

    Best result: ninth at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in 2009

    Four things you didn’t know…

    1 He has completed 10 CCI****s: five Burghleys, four Badmintons and one Luhmühlen.

    2 His thoroughbred sire Tehran Missile competed in endurance races, which may be where he gets his stamina from.

    3 He was bred by a man called Barry Jasper, who decided he was too much for him and gave him to Tehran Missile’s owners. They called him Barry’s Best, after his breeder.

    4 He loves gazing into the distance. At Badminton, Rosie could never graze him in front of the house because he would stand and stare at everything rather than concentrate on eating.

    To read the full interview with Rosie Thomas about Barry’s Best see 8 November issue of H&H

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