‘If you got her on side, she’d really fight for you’: Joe Stockdale picks the horse he wishes he could have ridden

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    Joe Stockdale has quickly become a big name after making his senior championship team debut at the 2021 Europeans. Most recently, he was part of the bronze medal-winning squad at the World Championships in Herning in 2022, and while cricket was at the forefront while growing up, there was one mare of his father’s, the late Tim Stockdale, that caught his attention.

    “The horse I would really like to have ridden is Fresh Direct Corlato, the mare my dad took to the 2008 Beijing Olympics,” says Joe.

    “I remember she was an opinionated mare. If she didn’t want to go in the wash box one day, then there was no chance of getting her in there – she was one of those types. But if you got her on side, then she’d really fight for you.”

    Tim Stockdale and Fresh Direct Corlato in Hong Kong in 2008

    Tim and the eye-catching grey finished best of the Brits in Beijing when they were 16th individually. The year before, they won the 2007 Royal Windsor grand prix, and in 2009 were part of the British team at the European Championships, held on home soil at Windsor.

    “At the time, I was too young to ride her – I was eight when my dad was at the Olympics, but it would be nice to have the chance to ride her now. I think I’ve got a mare capable of going to the Olympics, Equine America Cacharel, and it would be really interesting to be able to compare them,” says Joe Stockdale.

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