Simon Reynolds is renowned for his partnership with the 2013 HOYS supreme horse, Hallmark IX, but now his wife, Natalie, has stolen the show with a winning return to the ring.
Riding Cobswallop — the clever name is clue enough that he was once part of the Carol Bardo/Jayne Ross team — she headed the Royal International maxi cob qualifier at BSPS Area 16 Spring Show, held on April 9 at Trinity Park in Suffolk.
“Simon has been doing all the ring-riding, while I’ve been busy with my son Luke — I’ve not ridden in the ring for nearly two years,” said Natalie Reynolds. “But I’m really looking forward to getting back in [the ring] more regularly.”
Cobswallop, now owned by Victoria Buckland, is in his third season with Team Reynolds. His first outing this term was at Brook Farm, ridden by Simon, where he picked up his RIHS ticket.
“He’s a fantastic horse with a huge personality,” said Reynolds of the now 10-year-old. “He’s the funniest horse on the yard, keeping everyone entertained with his antics. He’s enthusiastic and loves showing. He’s a great ride and athletic in his way of going — he’s very light on his feet for a cob.”
Cobswallop’s record backs this up — he been well placed at HOYS and the RIHS every year since he has been with Team Reynolds.
Image: Natalie Reynolds and Cobswallop, courtesy of Victoria Buckland