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Roquefort : Dutch Warmblood / English TB

Owners: Jim Cogdell & Rebecca Howard (Big Wave Dave Group)
Sire: Jackson. Dam: Gazelle Dark bay, 16.3 hands gelding


Rocky was purchased from Oliver Townsend and imported to the USA in Dec 2007. Rocky was brilliant in the dressage ring, a scopey jumper and a kind & generous individual. However, as can often be the case, he struggled with injury that prevented a long or full eventing career. Competitive highlights were confined to the two star level and included a 3rd place finish at Fairhills CCI2* in 2009, and wins at Jersey Fresh CIC2* and Bromont’s CCI2* in 2011. Rocky was a member of Canada’s Team at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara Mexico – finishing 6th individually and with Team Silver.

Rocky is now happily pursuing full time work as a medium level dressage horse for his new amateur owner in New Jersey, USA.

Blithe Hill Troubadour : 2006 Canadian Sport Horse

Sire Rasputin (CSH) by Inspecteur (Dutch Warmblood) out of Loretta(Dutch Warmblood)
Dam Blithe Hill Talaris 3rd (CSH) by Black Jack2nd (CSH) out of Malahide’s Talaris 2nd (CHS)

Troubadour (like Rupert) is a product of Blithe Hill’s breeding program. He was offered to Rebecca in June 2009 as a sales project, reflecting continued support from Caroline Bazley & Jean Watson of Orangeville Ontario.

In Feb 2012 he won his first Training level event and soon found a new home in Jeffrey Taylor’s program with a young rider in Ohio.

Big Wave Dave: 1991 – July 2012

Rebecca Howard and Big Wave Dave

Dave was Rebecca’s first international level horse. He was an off the track TB with seriously credentialed ancestors to his credit.

(Thoroughbred Database)

While Rebecca is uncertain of his number of actual “starts”….suffice to say Dave’s racing career was long…arriving at Nick Holmes Smith Chase Creek facility (in BC) as a 6yr old.  As a working student for Nick, BWD became Rebecca’s project.  She (via the BWD Group) purchased Dave as an 8 year old – Training Level horse in 1999.

Big Wave Dave was Rebecca’s “gateway” horse to the upper levels of eventing.  They did their first two star (Radnor), three star (Foxhall) and four stars (Rolex) together and helped Rebecca make a name for herself along the way.

An assortment of soft tissue stresses (no two were ever the same!) ensured that competitive life was regularly punctuated with 6 – 8 month layoffs, teaching Rebecca as much about rehabilitating horses as riding them.

Dave went onto a storied career with Amateur rider Mari Cole Robinson shaping her eventing career as much as she had done for Rebecca and is one of those special once in a lifetime horses.

(see blog post)