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 ten years of sympathetic training and Samantha’s dedication they have a Superstar combination. Despite learning together they have reached International Grand Prix level, going to two Junior European Championships along the way. They were 7th at last years Grand Prix National Championships and are aiming for the U25’s European Championships in 2017.
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 . Thank you to Andrew Speller for Pascal’s farriery costs over the past ten years, Sue Carson for her brilliant saddles and Sports massage and Osteopath Sara Chittleburgh from Kingsbridge Equestrian for her help with all the horses.
Samantha is looking for sponsorship to help with the cost of training and getting to