What you didn’t know about… Borough Pennyz

  • Italian event rider Vittoria Panizzon tells H&H about her Olympic jumping machine.

    Fact file

    Name: Borough Pennyz

    Stable name: Pennyz

    Age: nine

    Height: 16hh

    Breed & sex: AES (Anglo European Studbook) mare

    Sire: Cevin Z

    Dam: Sovereign Flight (by Dutch Gold)

    Discipline: eventing

    Owner-breeder: Sally Bullen (who also bred her dam)

    Rider: Vittoria Panizzon

    Groom: Laura Wilson

    Best result: finishing 11th at the London Olympic Games after adding one showjumping time-fault to her dressage score of 53.5.

    Four things you didn’t know…

    1 Vittoria produced Pennyz, starting work in 2009 and running in their first BE90 in April that year.

    2 While nothing really frightens Pennyz, she will snort loudly at anything that offends her or invades her personal space.

    3 Pennyz requires tactful handling for dressage – Vittoria has to “suggest” things or even just whisper to her, as a touch of the leg can produce an exaggerated reaction. She is only worked on the flat once a week, which suits Vittoria, too.

    4 She gets very wound up about galloping, but runs out of steam after a few long hills as she is not a full thoroughbred. Vittoria has to work hard on the mare’s fitness.

    To read the full interview with Vittoria Panizzon about Borough Pennyz see 27 September issue of H&H

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