William Whitaker’s former ride Arielle returns to the UK

  • Several horses have changed hands recently in a typically busy month for buying and selling show jumpers.

    Michael Whitaker’s Toronto grand prix winner Wonami Van Den Aard has moved back to Belgium to be campaigned by national rider Gregory Wathelet.

    He is still under the ownership of Fabian Schreiber and the aim is to take him to the World Equestrian Games in September.

    Daniel Neilson’s prolific owners Jason and Katrina Moore have purchased William Whitaker’s former mare Arielle (pictured above with William) for the Essex-based teenager.

    The daughter of Accord was William’s top ride, winning the young rider grand prix at Windsor and a World Cup qualifier in 2007 before she was sold to the United Arab Emirates in 2008 — two weeks before the World Cup final in Sweden.

    “The aim is to get her up and running again,” said 19-year-old Daniel. “She’s 13 now but has been very quiet recently so we need to get her back to full fitness. We’ll take her to a few shows and then take it from there.”

    Tim Gredley’s 10-year-old gelding Toklund has gone to Ben Maher and the rumour-mill is working overtime on news that Albert Zoer’s fantastic long-term partner Oki Doki has been sold to an Argentinean rider, but confirmation of this has yet to come out of the Netherlands.

    Suggestions that Lacroix 9 had also been sold abroad were denied by rider Robert Whitaker

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