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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