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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
Sep072010

SOUTH AFRICAN EVENTING TEAM : 12 DAYS TILL TAKEOFF

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Paul Hart and Heartbreak Hill
(Photo : Vumafeed)

WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES
2010

The South African Eventing team depart for Kentucky in 12 days time.

Reporting on their progress from their training camp in St Jean, on the west coast of France, Paul Hart tells us that they are well on track and he believes that the horses are going to peak at the right time!

Paul says that St Jean is beautiful and they are doing a lot of beach riding for fitness, which started in earnest last Saturday. The going is great and not too soft.

They are training towards their optimum time for WEG which is 12 minutes at 570m/minute. The WEG track is 7km long and they are incorporating a lot of interval training to ensure peak fitness over the cross country course.

Their morning training continued yesterday and Paul had the following to say :

"We went to the beach to do fitness training yesterday again. We got there at seven am to perfect conditions.

We started with 20 minutes trotting and then seven minutes canter at 500m/minute followed by a two minute walk and back to canter for another seven minutes and then another two minute walk followed by a 10 minute trot on the beach and a minute walk in the sea for their legs.

Harry loves the sea and every time he thinks I won't notice he tries to roll in the water! In the afternoon we lunged for twenty minutes and then hand walked them for 30 minutes.

We are also cycling about 25km a day so we can stay fit!"

It sounds like our team are well on track to do us proud and we wish them the best of everything as they get closer to their goal.

The World Equestrian Games start on 25th September in Lexington, Kentucky. Will you be there?

Thursday
Jul292010

VUMA CHAMPIONS PRIMED FOR WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES

paul hart and heartbreak hill

Paul Hart and Heartbreak Hill
(Photo : Vuma Horefeeds)

WEG 2010 : It's Nearly here!

There are a mere 57 days until the start of the Altech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010, in Lexington, Kentucky.

For Vuma Champions Paul Hart and Heartbreak Hill, what seemed like a far off dream has suddenly become an immediate reality, writes Suzanne Boswell of SCB PR & Communications.

Harry is doing well and is fit and ready to compete in their last preparation event which is Martinvast (Normandy) from the 19th to the 22nd of August.

Paul is busy with all his preparations as he leaves for France next week Thursday to train and prepare and will only be returning to South Africa post WEG. He is feeling very optimistic about the event. All preparations are going well.

"It all seems to have come so fast - it seems like the horses were in quarantine the other day and now there are only 57 days left.  In some ways I don't want this to end as it has been such an amazing experience and I have been overwhelmed by everybody's kindness and generosity. I am sure that Harry and I will do you all proud"

I would also like to say a big thank you to all my sponsors big and small as it is through your commitment that this dream has become a reality." concludes Paul.

Suzanne will keep us abreast of things as they happen and from the Vuma team we wish all the South African riders and supporters a superb Kentucky experience – Hambani Kahle!

You can also follow Paul's progress on Facebook.

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Paul Hart WEG2010

Monday
Feb152010

THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN

heartbreak hill in quarantine at cape town

Heartbreak Hill (Harry) in Quarantine in Cape Town
(Photo : Vumafeed)
 

Heartbreak Hill prepares for France

World Equestrian Games qualifier and Vuma hero, Heartbreak Hill (Harry) is almost half-way through his quarantine at the station in Kenilworth. Being kept fit and well with daily exercise, he is certainly looking very well.

camera iconClick the icon above to see more pictures of Harry in quarantine, in Cape Town.

Harry will leave for France on 20th March, where the real preparations will begin for the WEG. The rest of the SA team will also be going to Fontainebleau where the riders will prepare themselves and their horses during their various European events.

We will keep you updated on the progress of Paul Hart, Harry and the rest of Team SA.

Monday
Jan182010

GRAHAM AND PAUL QUALIFY FOR WEG 2010

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Graham and Paul in action at Northern Farm Equestrian Park
(Photos : TB Images)
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Graham Winn and Paul Hart do us proud

For the first time in the history of GHS eventing, two of our very own riders have qualified for the World Equestrian Games on their own horses in South Africa, and in their home province - Gauteng

Congratulations to Paul Hart and Graham Winn for raising the bar and proving that South Africa has the horses and the riding talent to compete at international level. In addition, congratulations also need to be extented to Douglas Welsh and Heidi Wood from KZN for also qualifying for WEG 2010

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