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Celebrating Mares - Palimera
Judy Harvey tells us about her mare, Palimera.
Sire: Polytruam by Polydore
“Palimera is an 11 year old Westphalian mare who came to me by chance about a year ago. She was introduced to me by the husband of one of my pupils in Carlisle. She was an FEI show jumper who had previously show jumped in Estonia, Portugal and Holland at CSI**.
She had become difficult to ride and had just thrown her last rider into a water jump but she had beautiful paces and I was asked to look at her. I filmed her in the school and came home wondering if she would be suitable for my working pupils or a good project for me. I showed the video to my trainer and to Stephen Clarke who both saw her potential and encouraged me to buy her.
I knew she was very well bred and later found out that she had actually won a gold medal as a 3 year old, so breeding from her was always an option. In the end, it was actually my husband who bought her for me. After being together since 1978, this is his first horse as an owner!
I knew from the start that we had a lot of work to do at home. My physiotherapist has helped to completely redevelop her physique from a show jumper to dressage horse. It has been a case of retraining the muscles for dressage movements and teach her how to change her balance.
After six months, she was ready for her first show and in April 2016 I competed her at Medium level and we won with over 70%. This qualified her for the Regionals and eventually for the Nationals.
She is a very sensitive horse and needs to be treated like a lady. I took her to Advanced Medium but she broke in the flying changes and spooked at a chair. From then on the rest of the test became a battle but we are learning lots together.
The good part is that she is very well travelled and behaves impeccably at shows. She will happily stand still when tied up and is used to big events.”