LRBHT People’s Choice Finalist: Norfolk Swing (Dippy)
"Dippy’s endless rosettes, trophies, national titles and admirers will never outshine his huge personality and ability to make me smile. He is one in a million and I really am so lucky to have taken him on all those years ago."
Eye-catching, 16.1hh 9 year old gelding, Dippy, was born in World Horse Welfare’s care in Spring 2008, shortly after his mother came into our Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre as part of a welfare case. When Dippy was just a tiny foal, no one could have imagined the competitive success he would go on to enjoy.
- Dippy as a young foal
He was rehomed as a youngster in November 2010 to Briony who continued his training and backed him ready to start his ridden career. Since then Dippy has taken part in many disciplines including dressage, showjumping and eventing. Dippy’s numerous achievements include; representing Great Britain at the Riding Club World Championships in France in 2016 where the team won fourth place and numerous placings in affiliated competitions. Dippy lives in Norfolk.
Read why Dippy deserves to be crowned Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials People’s Choice Rehomed Superstar in Briony’s entry below:
I rehomed Dippy in 2011 when he was an unbroken, gangly 3YO. In the 6 years I've had him, he's achieved an incredible amount and is my utter pride and joy. After backing him at 4, he has gone on to represent the charity at not only regional and national level competition, but international too. When I rehomed Dippy, never did I imagine we would have the success we have done and be able to compete to such a high level.
He's taken to eventing like a duck to water, and this truly is his one love in life (apart from food). Although a bit of a dumbo on the ground (Dippy by name, Dippy by nature) when he goes into that start box he turns into a different horse, focusing solely on what's about to be asked of him. Now competing against big names at Novice level, he's really showing the British Eventing world that these rehomed rescue horses are just as capable and talented as any other horse.
However, Dippy’s endless rosettes, trophies, national titles and admirers will never outshine his huge personality and ability to make me smile. He is one in a million and I really am so lucky to have taken him on all those years ago. I can't take much credit for his fantastic temperament, good manners and enormous talent - he is a pleasure to have around and although he does have his quirks and foibles, he will stay with me for a very long time to come.
I have endless photos of him I could send but the one of him yawning is my favourite as it's just typical him!