HEARTBREAK FOR PAUL HART AND HARRY
Monday, September 3, 2012 at 3:42PM
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Heartbreak Hill and Paul Hart - South African Eventing

Heartbreak Hill aka Harry with Paul Hart aboard
(Photo : Vuma Horse Feed)

HEARTBREAK HILL
1996 - 2012

Saturday evening brought us tragic and devastating news! Our Vuma champ, Heartbreak Hill, broke his leg on the cross country course at Burghley and was euthanased while long time partner and rider, Paul Hart, stayed with him.

For all of us who have given our hearts and souls to horses, there can be no sadder moment and our hearts grieve for Harry and for Paul on this great loss.

Paul and Harry had a phenomenal partnership which saw the son of Rocky Marriage become South African Eventing Champion in 2008.

Out of the mare Boomy Hill, Harry was a typical classic thoroughbred; handsome, striking and elegant, although he was a plain bay. He had a tendency to be quite hot which Paul managed with kindness and trust, and it made for a super cross country and jumping combination but often a tricky dressage test.

Having left South Africa for Europe in 2010 to qualify for and compete at WEG in Kentucky, Harry stayed on in England to campaign in Europe with the express goal of qualifying for the Olympics.

The pair did qualify and were the sole South African eventing representatives at the London Olympics. However, they were thrown a major disappointment when the Court for Arbitration in sport found Alex Peternell to be better qualified to represent South Africa, on the very day that they should have entered Greenwich Park for the run-up week.

Burghley was their consolation competition and a chance to compete at that level for a final time. It is thus particularly devastating that the injury happened there.

To Paul, from the Vuma team, we grieve with you and for you on the loss of a great Champion and hope that the memories of the incredible journey that the two of you shared help to sustain you!

In the words of Khalil Gibran: "When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight."

Harry was a delight and a Champion! He will be sorely missed and fondly remembered!

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