Former Racehorse to Compete at Rio Olympics

Brazilian Three Day Event team includes RoR graduate and former Mick Channon trained Summon Up The Blood.

A British based former racehorse has been selected to represent home nation Brazil at this summer’s Rio Olympics.

Back in 2008, when trained by Mick Channon, Summon Up The Blood landed a hat-trick of wins, however, it will be as a former racehorse retrained in eventing that the 11-year-old gelding’s career will reach a new peak when he competes at the Olympics under Brazilian event rider Carlos Parro.

Based in the UK, Paro has had the ride on Summon Up The Blood since 2011. The horse started his eventing career in classes exclusively for former racehorses, staged by the charity Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), before graduating to open competition and earlier this year the combination successfully qualified for Rio.

Paro and Summon Up The Blood warmed up for the Olympics when competing at the Barbary International Horse Trials and their inclusion in the Brazil team was subsequently confirmed this week.

Carlos Paro, who has completed at both Badminton and Burghley, said: “Summon Up The Blood had a great last run at Barbary which has put us spot on ahead of Rio. It is very exciting for me to be representing Brazil at a home games and it’s also an achievement for a former racehorse to be competing at this level, showing how versatile and talented they can be in other disciplines.

“We are very much looking forward to it. It’s a once a in a lifetime opportunity.”

A son of Red Ransom, Summon Up The Blood won three of his 13 starts on the Flat. As an event horse he has steadily climbed the ranks and has successfully competed at a number of 3* competitions both in the UK and abroad.

Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive of RoR, said: “It’s great news for Carlos that he and Summon Up The Blood have been selected for Rio. We wish them the very best of luck and their inclusion in the team is testament to a racehorse’s adaptability and shows what successful and fulfilling second careers horses can enjoy after racing.”