We miss watching our favourite horses during the Covid-19 lockdown, so we’re finding out more about some of the equine stars we can’t wait to see once competition returns. To kick off, Pippa Roome profiles this consistent Australian team eventer
Vassily De Lassos
Breeding: Jaguar Mail x Jalienny X
Owners: David and Paula Evans
Rider: Andrew Hoy
Breeder: Jerome Berges, Jean-Louis Beth and Sonia Eyraud
Greatest achievements: eighth Blenheim eight- and nine-year-old CCI4*-S 2017; fourth Tattersalls CCI4*-L 2018; fourth Aachen CCIO4*-L 2018; fourth Tryon World Equestrian Games 2018; fifth Luhmühlen CCI4*-S 2019; fifth Aachen CCIO4*-S 2019; second Strzegom CCI4*-L 2019 (all class names updated to current format).
Rider Andrew Hoy
“When I tried Vassily in France when he was with Tom Carlile, he didn’t give me an exceptional feeling, but I liked his results sheet so much I decided to get him vetted. Now that I have spent time working with him, he gives me more of a wow feeling and I smile inwardly every time I sit on him.
“Vassily is exceptional at finishing on his dressage score, so if we can get his first phase stronger, he’ll be further up the line. He’s never going to trot like Totilas, but there’s definitely a big improvement in his way of going as we work with Gareth Hughes and Ton de Ridder.