Junior international rider Alex Liddle has launched an emotional appeal to help reunite her with star horse Romeo Z.
Alex was entrusted with the development of Romeo Z at their Blue Point Yard, in Wymondham, five years ago by Suffolk-based owner John Huntridge, a long-time friend of the Liddle family.
The pair have produced a string of excellent results, and represented Britain three times in international competition.
But following Mr Huntridge’s death last autumn, Romeo was taken back to Suffolk by a neighbour whom the horse had been left to.
It was a shock to Alex who believed Romeo would continue to be stabled at Wymondham until his retirement from competition.
Any lingering hopes of a reunion seemed dashed when Romeo was put up for sale.
She said: “We want to do the best for the horse and I don’t think this is what John would have wanted. I just can’t get over it really.
“John’s family agree that Romeo belongs with us. We know all there is to know about him; all his little quirks.
“We don’t think anyone would be able to give Romeo the life that he had with us.
“It’s not just that he is a good horse, he’s part of the furniture here.”
Alex brought the horse from novice through to two star level, taking notable scalps along the way, including established eventing stars William Fox-Pitt and Ollie Townend.
The pair won team gold with Britain on their international debut at the European Junior Championships in 2012.
And last September they helped the British under 21s team win bronze at the European Young Riders Championships.
This year Alex hoped to graduate the 13-year-old up to three star level and retain their place in the British team.
She also believed their place among the elite four star field at Burghley and Badminton was a realistic long-term ambition.
“Three star was definitely do-able, and if he could do three star, there’s no reason why if everything kept going he couldn’t have gone on to four star,” Alex added.
Her last throw of the dice is to find an owner or syndicate to buy the horse and keep the partnership alive.
She added: “We are trying to find a syndicate of people or a company who would be interested in owning him. You only get so many of these horses.
“There’s a big hole in the yard when he’s not here because he was part of the family.”
n If you can help Alex and Romeo fulfil their huge potential, call Alex on 07824 323529 or email alex@bluepoint horses.co.uk