Former National Hunt hero Denman is clearly enjoying his second career and was part of a successful second-placed team in the intermediate Pytchley Team Chase in Northants on 11 October.
The 15-year-old gelding is now ridden by Charlotte Alexander. After the competition she told Horse & Hound (H&H) that Denman “absolutely loved” his round.
“He found it easy and was very pleased with himself. I’m thrilled with him as he is improving all the time,” she told H&H. “I ran Denman with a good fast team and this made all the difference as he settled well in third position.”
“He gave me the most amazing feeling. He jumped all the timber very accurately, so that’s thanks to Brian Hutton at Talland who has given up so much time to help with his accuracy.
“The effortlessness with which he crosses the country and skips over the fences is truly amazing.
“He enjoyed it so much as did I as I did not get my arms pulled out due to the speed that my team were running at. It was a great result for Denman to come second in the intermediate.”
Charlotte told H&H that Denman will continue Team Chasing and Hunting this season, depending on the ground.
“He likes to have a bit of cut and with a dry week forecast, we will go autumn hound training on Saturday instead,” Charlotte told H&H.
“Denman has lost none of his joi de vive and yet when he is tied to the back of the trailer, he goes to sleep along with my other horses while he is waiting for his turn.”
First published in Horse & Hound, written by Amy Mathieson.
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