There are partnerships that leave an indelible mark on the landscape of equestrian competitions. One such remarkable duo is Danielle Heath and the beautifully produced, Forgelands Hyde Park. The culmination of their exceptional season was marked by a stellar performance at the prestigious Horse of the Year Show, where they claimed the coveted title of Supreme Horse. This victory, achieved after triumphs in the Large Hack and Champion Hack classes, is a testament to the dedication and talent of both rider and horse.
Forgelands Hyde Park, a 12-year-old gelding sired by Kilvington Scoundrel and bred by Carol Jackson, has forged an incredible career under the guidance of long-term owner Guy Mears and Isabella Mears Wood. The duo's successes in the past year are nothing short of extraordinary, with a standout performance at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, where they clinched the Large Hack title for the third consecutive time and secured the Championship. Isabella, the owner and rider, also had her own triumphs, winning the Intermediate class and taking home the Intermediate Championship—a double victory that added to the overall success story at Royal Windsor.
The journey of Forgelands Hyde Park continued to impress as the year unfolded, with a nomination at the prestigious Showing World Awards in December for the Horse and Hound Show Horse of the Year. This recognition serves as a fitting acknowledgment of the exceptional skills and achievements of this dynamic partnership.
Danielle Heath, the producer behind Forgelands Hyde Park's success, has showcased an innate ability to bring out the best in her equine partners. Her dedication to the sport and meticulous attention to detail have undoubtedly played a pivotal role in the duo's string of victories. As 2023 draws to a close, Danielle's remarkable partnership with Forgelands Hyde Park stands as an outstanding example of what can be achieved through passion, hard work, and a deep understanding of the bond between rider and horse.
Anticipating the arrival of 2024, there's a new chapter set to unfold for Forgelands Hyde Park and his team. The reins will be passed to Isabella Mears Wood, marking a transition from the Intermediate classes to the highly competitive Open Hack classes. With Isabella's growing expertise and the continued guidance of Danielle Heath, the expectations for the upcoming year are high, and will continue the next chapter in this remarkable journey.
Smart Grooming has supported Danielle and her team in 2023 and look forward to continuing the partnership moving into 2024.