A former racehorse who had wins and placings with Richard Johnson and A P McCoy has taken on a new role in Dartmoor.
Rio De Sivola has been assisting Verity Nicholls with drifts since he arrived at her Devon farm two and a half years ago. The drifts, which involve gathering in the ponies from the moors in to check stock, and take place from the end of September through to mid-October.
“Although most people go out on quads, I ride an ex-racehorse gathering in,” Verity told H&H. “Some other people still go out on horses but most use farm plods. You don’t get many racehorses.”
Eight-year-old “Rio” came from Nick Williams’ yard and belongs to a syndicate in London.