Robert Smith’s top ride Talan sold to Saudi Arabia

  • Robert Smith’s top ride Talan has been sold to Saudi Arabia ahead of the Olympics.

    At midnight on 31 December, the deadline for a horse to change hands and be allowed to compete for another nation in London this summer passed.

    And it was revealed that Saudi Arabia made an eleventh-hour purchase of Talan.

    The horse will be ridden by HH Prince Faisal.

    British showjumping team’s chef d’equipe Rob Hoekstra confirmed the sale to H&H, adding: “The Saudi Arabians have been trying to get their hands on our horses for a while”.

    The Saudi team – along with Jordan – have just earned the final qualifying places at the 2012 Olympics after winning gold at the Pan-Arab games in December.

    For more on this story read Thursday’s issue of H&H (5 January).

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