ridden by Samantha Thurman-Baker
Spring Pascal is by the Hanoverian stallion, Pascal, out of a Cleveland Bay mare, Springtime Girl, bred at the Northcliff Stud in Wales, an unusual combination which raises eyebrows. Most top dressage horses are bred from foreign bloodlines. Pascal was bought as a just broken five year-old. He was immature and sensitive as a youngster and had been passed over for the PSI sales. The family took a chance on him and had no idea that the combination would prove to be so good. He is Samantha’s first step up to a horse from ponies, and it was a chance of a lifetime that with limited funds, they managed to find such a horse.
With eight years of sympathetic training and Samantha’s dedication they have a Superstar combination. It is extremely unusual for a Junior Rider to take a young horse to such a high level. Most people of her age have an experienced serious school master to learn from, yet Samantha and Pascal are training and progressing together and have reached International Grand Prix level.
Samantha is very grateful to the following people who have been so generous in helping her on her International pathway:
Ian Woodford and Maddie White, Guy Oppehiem, the Pringle family, Fred Wheeler, Suzie Abecassis and the Dressage U21’s . Also thank you to Andrew Speller for Pascal’s farriery costs over the past eight years and Sue Carson for her brilliant saddles.
Samantha is looking for sponsorship to help with the cost of training and getting to
Junior European Championships 2010 – highest placed British Junior
Junior European Championships 2011 Freestyle – 71.97% 9th
The College Premier League 2012 Inter II – 70.7% 1st
Hickstead Premier League 2012 Inter II – 68.42% 1st
Hartpury College Premier League 2013 Grand Prix – 69.23% 1st
Keysoe Premier League 2014 Inter II – 73.09% 1st
Addington Premier League 2014 Grand Prix – 71.37% 2nd
Hickstead CDI 5* 2014 Grand Prix – 70% 4th