That foal was the imposing bay Equinox, who Kate took through to four-star level. The next foal by Shrek out of Kinky was a mare named Echo. “She would only be probably about 15.3 hands; a little, plain brown mare. Nothing special to look at… but she had a great jump on her,” notes Sue.
It was that jump that caught Andrew’s eye one day when he was out competing. “I saw the mare jumping and was impressed. Later, eventer Emma Mason asked me if I knew of any nice horses, and I said, ‘Actually I saw one yesterday!’” Emma enquired about Echo, however the Burnheims planned to retain and breed from the mare and so she wasn’t for sale.
ALONG CAME TOSCA
As it turns out, it was a lucky turn of fate for Andrew… Echo’s first foal was a little colt named Go Tosca. Initially, Kate Burnheim broke him in and took him to one-star level. Just like his mother Echo had caught Andrew’s eye, so did Tosca. “He was the horse I always wanted. I had my eye on him for a long time. I had to wait until Kate got pregnant, that was the only reason I think I got him!” laughs Andrew.
Sue explains that when Kate fell pregnant, she initially began riding Tosca herself, however she had too many horses to ride already. “We thought he was pretty special, so we gave him to Andrew because he was just going to sit in the paddock otherwise,” says Sue, adding, “We gave him half ownership of the horse when he took over the ride… there was a big drought on at the time and we didn’t really need extra expenses.”
Tosca was six at the time, and Sue says Andrew has taken him along slowly over the past six years. “He has taken him along really steadily and at his own pace, he’s very mindful of all that,” she says.
Andrew also has Tosca’s full brother, Go Tonic. “He’s also talented, but he’s different temperament-wise. He’s really cheeky,” explains Andrew. Sue agrees, noting that Tonic definitely wasn’t for the faint-hearted in the beginning!
Following Tosca and Tonic, there was a colt by Jennifer Wood’s stallion Cocaine Ego Z (aka Leroy), and then two more full brothers to Tosca – a three-year-old and yearling. “I’ll walk out each time she’s had a foal and I’ll say, ‘Oh you’ve had a foal, Echo, you’re such a good girl’. She just has them in the paddock without a worry. We certainly haven’t babied them,” says Sue, adding that Echo is a pretty special mare. It’s a sentiment Sue says Tosca’s sire, APH Rocardo, agrees with: “Carlene Barton [APH Sporthorses] always says Rocardo takes a long time to get the job done. Well, I reckon the longest he has ever taken when he sees Echo is about five minutes!