Saturday, May 01 2010 @ 11:56 AM BST
Mr Horsfall reports that his RID stallion, Blackthorn, has passed away aged 19 years. The news is devastating to his owner and everyone who knew him.
By Kilnashogue out of Sea Jays Lady, Blackthorn was one of only two direct male line RID descendants of Uibh Fhaili in the UK. Now, with the export of Fintan Himself to Ireland, there are none. Three quarters of his pedigree comprised outcross lines; the remaining quarter being the phenomenally successful King of Diamonds show jumping line. He was also one of the very few black RID stallions.
Blackthorn passed away quietly in his box, from a heart attack. He will be remembered by many who admired him when he was ridden at the Annual Breed Show at Lincoln, and by those who used him on their mares. He left a lasting legacy and some good stock on the ground, including six RID mares and an AID mare.
Sadly, his death comes all too soon after Mrs Horsfall's untimely passing. Our deepest sympathy goes to Mr Horsfall and his family.
Mr Horsfall is seeking another RID stallion to stand this season. Please would anyone who can help him contact:
Mr K Horsfall, 1 Clough Cottage, Clough House Farm, Soyland, Ripponden, Halifax HX6 4NL
Tel: 01422 823561