Entries in London Olympics (5)

Monday
Sep032012

HEARTBREAK FOR PAUL HART AND HARRY

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!

Tuesday
Jul242012

A SAD DAY FOR SA OLYMPIC HOPES

Paul Hart and Heartbreak Hill

Paul Hart and Heartbreak Hill
(Photo : Vuma Feed)

"Paul Hart and Harry will not compete at the Olympics."

It is with very heavy hearts and a sense of overwhelming absurdity that we heard that our Vuma Champion eventers Paul Hart and Heartbreak Hill will now not compete in the three phase eventing, starting on Saturday, at the 2012 London Olympics.

An attempt by Alex Peternell to reverse the decision to have the established team of Paul and Harry represent South Africa, in favour of himself and a newer horse has resulted in SASCOC withdrawing the single entry for a South African rider.

This is particularly disappointing when one looks at the ethics of the Olympics and the fact that, not only do we lose out on showcasing a South African Thoroughbred and SA based rider to the world... we now have no representation at all!

A very sorry state of affairs and the Vuma team's thoughts and best wishes are with Paul and Harry!

Monday
Jun112012

LONDON OLYMPICS BECKONS FOR PAUL HART AND HARRY

Paul Hart and Heartbreak Hill - South African Eventing

Paul Heart and Heartbreak Hill
(Photo : Vuma Feed)

"London 2012 Eventing"

Paul and Harry are the South African representatives for Eventing at the London 2012 Olympic Games!

Never having doubted our champions, it was wonderful to hear the confirmation on Wednesday that Paul Hart and Heartbreak Hill, the South African-bred, Rocky Marriage eventing stalwart, have been selected as the individual representatives for South Africa.

Having had a disappointing Cross Country round and being eliminated at WEG in Kentucky in September 2010, Paul chose to leave Harry at their UK base with a view to qualifying for the 2012 Olympics. Sheer determination and tenacity, together with some very strong support from South Africa has helped Paul achieve this life-long dream and we will all be watching on the 28th of July!

The Vuma team salutes you both - we are so proud to have been a part of this incredible journey!

Wishing you a fantastic Olympic competition - Hambani Kahle!

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www.vumafeed.co.za

AFRICA'S FINEST HORSEFEEDS

For more information contact :
Catherine Hartley : 083 640 1155
Email: catherine@vumafeed.co.za

Wednesday
Jan112012

THE TROUBLE WITH RESOLUTIONS!

Healthy Horse

Happy New Year!
(Photo : Summerhill Stud)

2012 has already kicked off at a cracking pace...

The trouble with New Year's resolutions is that by the time one has made them and thought about implementing them, the year is already ticking along into February and onwards.

Some people don't belive that the new year is any different to the old, yet the difference of that second hand on the big clock ticking away the old year and heralding in the new has a pshycologically refreshing benefit for most of us.

It allows some wiping of the slates to allow us to start anew, whether within our physical or mental selves, work and ambitions, aspirations and goals. Whatever we are looking to change or improve, the new year certainly provides a renewed opportunity to focus on those things.

2012 has already kicked off at a cracking pace, particularly for Justin Snaith and the connections of Gimmethegreenlight who won the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate in a very exciting race. Our congratulations to all.

This month also sees the running of the J&B Met and the CTS Cape Premier Yearling Sale to be held for two days before, on the 26th and 27th January. We wish all our Vuma customers the very best as they show off their horses to the world.

This year will also see a number of South African riders competing at the London Olympics and we look forward to watching their progress!

Speaking of refreshing; we have refreshed our bags, to a shiny, recyclable BOPP version. While keeping your feed fresher, they are very striking and hard to miss, so keep an eye out for the green and gold, as you will see them coming into your feed store.

To all our Vuma clients, we wish you the most successful and rewarding year ahead, knowing that Vuma will be there when it matters most.

vuma horse feed south africa

www.vumafeed.co.za

AFRICA'S FINEST HORSEFEEDS

For more information contact :
Catherine Hartley : 083 640 1155
Email: catherine@vumafeed.co.za

Thursday
Sep082011

BLENHEIM PALACE INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS TODAY!

Paul Hart and heartbreak Hill

Paul Hart and Heartbreak Hill
(Photo : Vuma Horse Feeds)

Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials
7 - 11 September 2011

Vuma Champions Paul Hart and Heartbreak Hill (Harry) are competing at Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, starting today!

They passed the trot up, yesterday evening, with flying colours and the Vuma team wishes them all the best for the weekend ahead.

This event forms part of their prep for London Olympics 2012 and we know that they will fly our South African flag high and make us Proud!

Harry is in superb form and Paul is very excited about the next few days.

british eventing

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Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials schedule.

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