Entries in South African Eventing (10)

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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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.

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Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials schedule.

Wednesday
Mar162011

PAUL HART AND HARRY QUALIFY FOR 2012 OLYMPICS

Paul Hart and Heartbreak Hill representing South AFrican Eventing

Paul Hart and Heartbreak Hill
(Photo : Vuma Horsefeed)

Barroca D'alva
Portugal

Vuma Champions Heartbreak Hill and Paul Hart, achieved their goal of qualifying for the 2012 Olympics, this past weekend! Competing in the three star event at Barroca D'alva in Portugal.

The daunting Cross country course was 3626 metres long with a total of 24 jumps. Paul was very positive, Harry went superbly and they were clear in their jumping. Unfortunately, a small error incurred them a few time faults.

Only 30 of the original 48 entries made it through to the show-jumping on Sunday. Unfortunately, Paul and Harry had two poles down but have qualified for the Olympics and earned valuable points for their international ranking.

The Vuma Team wish Paul and Harry every success in their European quest and we will be watching every step as they fly the South African flag!

You can follow their progress on Facebook :

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paul-Hart-Weg2010/259214698928

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