HORSE HERO Top Dollar VI The ‘XXL’ puissance winner with incredible self-belief WHILE only nine years old, Top Dollar VI is a horse whose raw talent earmarks him as a potential world class contender. Although the rangey chestnut’s rideability still needs honing, his early appearances on the international circuit have shown he has ability to burn. At Olympia in December, he stood outright winner in the puissance before producing an impressive fourfault round over a demanding World Cup track. “I’ve been lucky to have had some very good horses but when I jumped the World Cup at Olympia, it felt the easiest it’s ever felt, even if it wasn’t the most controlled round,” says his rider Laura Renwick. “The feeling ‘Dollar’ gives you over a fence is phenomenal, it just doesn’t take anything out of him. I don’t think there’d be a course in the world he couldn’t jump.” As well as his awesome scope, Dollar’s fearless temperament also stands in his favour. “Sometimes he can land himself in trouble but because he has the ability to prop himself, he can always get out of it. He has incredible self-belief — he doesn’t think there’s anything he can’t do,” says Laura. While the 17.2hh can be “a bit bolshy” in his stable, he thrives in his job. “After half an hour in the field, he wants to come in but when you’re riding him, that’s when he’s at his happiest,” Laura adds. Laura and her husband John had tried to buy Dollar’s dam, Elegant C, as a four-year-old and had continued to follow her career. They bumped into her owner Sue Clark at Scope, and discovered she had bred two colts from the mare — three-year-old Dollar and two-year-old Kankan, his half-brother by Kannan. “His dam was an out-andout winner,” says John. “We saw some video of the colts and liked Dollar — he had the same sire as Oz De Breve, who we’d sold, and we thought he’d be like him except that he turned out to be XXL.” A big but weak youngster, Dollar was kept as a stallion until he was four years old (the Renwicks have retained some semen) and has been produced slowly. He was competed as a young horse by Claire Gredley and Emily Mason, finishing 13th in the 2016 Talent Seekers final at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS). “He’s not our normal type but we’re happy with what we’ve got. He’s a big horse with lots of scope and a strong chance of being a team prospect,” John adds. H&H NEXT WEEK By SARAH RADFORD HOYS lead-rein pony hunter champion Cadlanvalley Super Ted FRAME “He’s come from a couple of big shows and you can see he’s competition fit. Ideally you’d like to see more weight and topline on him, and some better definition behind,” says showjumper Peter Charles. “That said, he’s jumping at a high level and he’s not struggling for scope or power. “The problem he has at the moment is in shortening down a distance. As well as his size, he does stand with his leg a little set back behind — ideally you’d like to see that set further under him. From his stance you can see he’s a big, rangey horse that’s built to have a very big stride.” 9yo chestnut Anglo European Studbook gelding, 17.2hh Stable name: Dollar Breeder: Sue Clark Owners: John and Laura Renwick Rider: Laura Renwick Results: first puissance Rouen 2017; first Olympia puissance 2017; third Olympia Masters 2017; 15th Olympia World Cup 2017; third Liverpool rankings class 2017, first Olympia six-bar 2016. Picture by Peter Nixon Dollar Du Murier Elegant C Jalisco B Karielle (by Uriel) Darco Quandora Cru De Montagne (by Landetto) 22 Horse & Hound 8 February 2018
OVERALL IMPRESSION “He has a nice head, a nice eye and good strong limbs, but he’s a workmanlike horse rather than one blessed with the most perfect conformation,” says Peter. “When you see him in the flesh, he is closer to 18hh than 17hh, and he’s a rib too long if I’m honest. You don’t see that many quite as big as him in showjumping and his size wouldn’t make him as manoeuvrable as a 16.2hh or 16.3hh horse. “While there are a few problems with his conformation which bear out in the ride, as an overall package he compensates through his ability and carefulness in the ring. A big horse like this could be clumsy, but he’s no fool and can get himself out of awkward situations. “He’s by Dollar Du Murier out of a mother by Darco, two big, scopey, top-class jumping horses. He gets his power and scope from his mother’s side and they usually have fantastic technique.” LIMBS “He’s got a good set of pegs on him and he looks to have good feet. I’d imagine this is quite a sound horse,” Peter says. “He has nice front legs, his pasterns are a good length and angle, and he doesn’t look to be down on the heels or have any problems there.” FRONT END “He has a nice head and eye. His head is set slightly high and he has a little bit of an upright, ewe neck,” Peter says. “He also has a very high wither, which I would imagine makes him quite difficult to fit a saddle for as it would have a tendency to slip back. “You can see that he’s a strong horse and not one I would necessarily pick for a girl to ride as a showjumper. But then Laura is no ordinary girl!”
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