What you didn’t know about… Simon Porloe

Eventer Lucy Wiegersma tells H&H about the brave horse who is so spooky at home.

Fact file

Stable name: Simon – or, when he’s done well, Super Si

Age: 12

Breed: Polish sport horse

Owners: Christopher & Sarita Perkins

Discipline: eventing

Groom: Gemma “Tiggy” Fuller

Best result: third Saumur CCI*** 2010, seventh Pau CCI**** 2011, back-to-back CIC** and CIC*** wins at Barroca in 2012

Four things you didn’t know…

1 Simon was born on Boxing Day (although, strangely, his sire and dam are unrecorded).

2 He is almost dun in colour and has a beautiful dorsal stripe running along his back.

3 Both he and his jockey thrive on early-season sunshine. Simon’s most successful event is Barroca in Portugal, where he has clocked up two wins, a second, a third and a fourth in the past four years.

4 He hates showjumps that aren’t there to jump. He refuses to go past them if they are piled up at the side of his arena at home. He was once almost eliminated for digging his toes in at a stack of coloured fences in the corner of the arena at Burnham Market.

To read the full interview with Lucy Wiegersma about Simon Porloe see 20 September 2012 issue of H&H

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