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‘Meant to be’: last-minute tip-off secures top horse’s ‘nephew’ for rider

Showjumper Kerry Brennan is well known for her partnership with the phenomenal winner Wellington M – there are very few national titles this pair have not won and their strike rate has been astounding during a 13-year career together.

But with the 17-year-old gelding now approaching the twilight of his career, the Chesterfield rider had some feelings of regret that she didn’t have a younger “Welly” to take his place. All that changed last month when she was tipped off that the Quidam

De Revel x Cash gelding’s nephew, a foal from his damline, was up for auction — but there were only four hours until the online bidding closed on the Paardenveiling website.

“It was just meant to be – we bid and ended up buying him,” Kerry told H&H. “Obviously there are plenty of horses out there from his sire [Quidam De Revel] but to have his mother’s line and to be able to potentially keep those bloodlines going felt very special.”

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The colt foal she purchased is named Paradiso and is by Hardrock Z, a son of the great Heartbreaker. Hardrock Z competed with Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade at five-star level, including at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 as well as the World Equestrian Games in 2014.

The foal’s dam Cequita M (who jumps 1.30m herself and has already produced a six-year-old international 1.30m showjumper) is out of Wellington’s dam Requita M, a half-sister to the international 1.50m showjumper Zyquita SR (by Quick Star).

“Wellington is such a special horse to me — my horse of a lifetime — so we’re so excited to have this foal,” added Kerry.

Don’t miss the 3 December issue of Horse & Hound, where we will feature the wonderful gelding Wellington M in our “In The Spotlight” series.

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