What you didn’t know about… Pumphill Buckthorn

  • Producer and rider Sarah Parker tells us about the Dartmoor stallion who loves being the centre of attention.

    Fact file

    Stable name: Buck

    Age: nine

    Height: 12hh

    Breed: Dartmoor

    Sire: Stonehealed Vulcan

    Dam: Pumphill Belladonna

    Discipline: showing

    Owner: Sue Hughes

    Rider: Sarah Parker (n ©e Challinor)

    Grooms: Sarah and her husband Simon

    Best ever result: dual champion at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) and M&M champion at Olympia in 2010, M&M champion at the Royal International (RIHS) and M&M supreme at HOYS in 2011

    Five things you didn’t know…

    1 The cat is his best friend. Every morning Sarah finds them asleep together.

    2 He likes coming into the house. He gets tied to the AGA and gets lots of treats.

    3 He made an appearance at Sarah and Simon’s wedding dressed in his top hat and tails.

    4 He sulks if the wagon goes to a show without him on board.

    5 Sarah acquired Buck out of sheer luck. She had a call from his owner Sue one day asking her to have Buck for two weeks to see whether he liked jumping – the rest is history.

    To read the full interview with Sarah Parker about Pumphill Buckthorn see the 1 March 2012 issue of H&H

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