Event rider Jay Halim's perfect horse

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Event rider Jay Halim's perfect horse
Event rider Jay Halim's perfect horse

Eventer Jay Halim says his perfect horse would be "a) beautiful – we are talking dream scenario here, after all! – but conformation is a vital priority, not too long in the pasterns and not too short in the front leg.

"I also like a good-shaped back and horses that are light on their feet in technique, paces and jump. And when it comes to jumping, I wouldn’t necessarily go for the horse that loose-jumps extravagantly high and lands unbalanced in trot, I prefer a more natural jump.

"There’s always an exception, and great horses have heart and ‘the X factor’ and want to work with you. But with every great horse there is a partnership with the rider, so it’s actually a great combination. The majority of riders would covet Hickstead, but he was great because of the special partnership with Eric [Lamaze]."

Rodrigo Pessoa’s Olympic and world star Baloubet Du Rouet figures high in Jay’s estimation as his perfect horse."Not only had he got amazing talent and the winning factor, he is one of the most prolific sires in history and is still producing champions."