EQ LIFE: And obviously she has a good coach?
DAVID: Oh, she has a few coaches (laughs). I remember a few years ago she said ‘I need a proper instructor. Can I get my own instructor?’ And I said, ‘you sure can’. So it’s a bit of a team effort. We’ve got a friend of ours, Claire Thomas helps her, and then my partner, Holly Stansfield-Smith, helps her and I help her. I’d like to say I help her the most… I’d like to take a little bit of credit, but it’s not my credit to take. It’s Annabel’s hard work and she’s doing a super job.
EQ LIFE: As always, beautifully said, David. You should be just so thrilled about what you’ve achieved, particularly in the last six years, post, should I say, 00 Seven!
DAVID: Thanks Sunday, it’s been a journey of a lot of learning, a lot of experiences, and then just owning it and evolving. I think especially the next chapter with Vittorio is so special, being the owner-breeder-rider. And now he is standing at stud so we are seeing another generation in utero. His first foals are due next season. I can’t wait! That’s the plan, I’ve been trying to breed a filly full sister. The mare just keeps throwing out colts! I’ve had four full brothers – Vittorio 1, Vittorio 2, Vittorio 3, Vittorio 4! I was really hoping for a Vittoria. It’s okay, we’re going to try a different stallion because this combo is very, very blue.
EQ LIFE: Hopefully you get a filly!
DAVID: Fingers cross, fingers crossed!
The next chapter of the business is evolving to produce some exceptional foals. It’s so incredibly exciting. We are using a combination of frozen semen along with Toto Nation and Vittorio on our band of broodmares who are by stallions such as D’Avie, Don Schufro, Johnson, Totilas, Foundation, Secret, Ampere, Ibiza and more. Designing these pregnancies, their genetic components along with matching types, drives me to spend the time and delve into depths of research. Once the mares are in foal… we wait. It’s a long 11 months! EQ
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