Cargill Tyson Equestrian proudly presents for sale “Al” aka “Equine Affair Alcatraz”. He is a 5yo 17hh Warmblood Gelding by EA Pachino (lines include San Brasil, Budweiser) and out of Klassic Motivation.(Inspiration IMP)

The Equine Affair stud needs no introduction in Victoria having produced countless winning FEI event horses as well as many lower level eventing champions and spectacular upcoming dressage horses. We have personally had 10+ horses from this stud and all have been high quality, versatile horses with a lot of talent.

Al’s current owner has had him since he was a foal and it is with much regret that she offers him for sale. He has had a very correct upbringing and has a solid foundation of training under his belt. He was professionally broken in by Dan Maloney and has had regular check ins with professional riders over the past 2 years to keep his training on track. Prior to this, he has been with us for two 6 week training stints and has been kept in semi-regular work with his teenage owner as she has been juggling her two eventers and VCE. He is for sale due to her not having enough time to keep 3 horses in full work with her study committments and now that he is 5, he really needs more consistent work to help him become the competitive superstar we all know he can be. It is a difficult decision for her as he was a long term plan for her but she has very established partnerships with her current horses who are both on the cusp of FEI eventing levels.

As a dressage horse, Al shows extraordinary potential. He has lovely, big and expressive movement. He is naturally very steady in the contact and works consistently in a frame in all paces. He also has a very good back, and is very willing to stretch and reach over the back and is very established in the sitting trot. He is also naturally balanced with a quick hind leg and showing talent for collection. He is well overdue to commence his dressage competition career and would be ready to do a competitive prelim test right now and is not far off a competitive novice level. With consistent training through the winter, he would be ready to step up to novice level for the spring show season. He has a very trainable nature and will continue to progress quickly up the levels with a competent dressage trainer. We personally think he shows the most potential for FEI as a dressage horse and it would be a shame not to pursue this avenue with him.

Although he is a gifted young dressage prospect, he can also really jump however he is spooky to jump and can be sensitive and quick when he gets a fright. Ben has jumped him occasionally thoughout his training and although he is scopey and has good technique, he is not naturally brave so he will need a confident rider to progress him slowly up the eventing/jumping levels showing him lots of different fences and fill to give him the confidence to prepare him for a competitive jumping career. Saying that, if someone were to be patient with him and give him lots of opportunities to see a lot of things, we can see him potentially being an elite level eventer also.

We and his current owners have found him to be very easy to handle with a sweet and trusting disposition on the ground. He has been floated a lot and had a lot of exposure in different environments. Last year he travelled an hour to us regularly for Saturday lessons and we have actually taken him out on the truck to an indoor for freshmans where he was very well behaved and enjoyed the experience. We have found him to be easy to catch, shoe, tack up, lead, lunge etc. He has been paddocked alone, and with other geldings, in small yards and stables and is pretty easy going with his living arrangements.

Under saddle, he does need an intermediate + rider to be able to continue producing him to reach his full potential. He can have the odd spook on the flat so no beginners or nervous riders please. He can get a little on the forehand if allowed to so we would prefer riders capable of making clear half-halts and prepared to do a lot of transitions to keep lifting his shoulders and activating his hind quarters as it is important he learns to go consistently in an uphill outline and develop consistent self-carriage if he is going to go on to score well at upper level dressage in the coming years.

Al has a serious talent for dressage with a lot of potential. He ticks a lot of the boxes we look for when we are selecting young dressage horses for ourselves and will make a fun-to-train and exciting addition to an ambitious dressage riders team!

Priced to sell.

Located Nyora VIC