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27 September,2017

‘You feel like John Wayne’: former winning racehorse rounds-up moor ponies

A former racehorse who had wins and placings with Richard Johnson and A P McCoy has taken on a new role in Dartmoor.

Rio De Sivola has been assisting Verity Nicholls with drifts since he arrived at her Devon farm two and a half years ago. The drifts, which involve gathering in the ponies from the moors in to check stock, and take place from the end of September through to mid-October.

“Although most people go out on quads, I ride an ex-racehorse gathering in,” Verity told H&H. “Some other people still go out on horses but most use farm plods. You don’t get many racehorses.”

Eight-year-old “Rio” came from Nick Williams’ yard and belongs to a syndicate in London.




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