Allo Allo all you inglesi people. My name is Oural de St Gabriel and I am a very charming and ‘andsome French boy.
I am a purebred Camargue horse, born in the Camargue region of France. I was born in 2002 and have already had an eventful life. In spring 2008 I was one of ten Camargue horses bought by an Anglo French charity. They provide horses for the English and French RDA. We were all ridden here by young people who also benefited from the amazing experience of riding across France and then to London. Yes, I have seen the sights of London, and very impressive they were.
Finally I was delivered to my new home, Barrow Farm, on what I have come to realise was a typical English day, pouring with rain. After arriving from France I did some lunging with Anne and went for walks in the wood. And, bliss, I have had a long rest. Since being here I have settled in and made friends with with all the ponies. I like to race around the field with the other horses here, in fact I have heard Sally say I am a bit of a ringleader, leading the others astray. Just showing a bit of French “joie de vivre”.
Before leaving France I worked with the bulls, herding and suchlike. I haven’t seen any bulls here so my job as an RDA pony has come as quite a surprise.I do lots of school rides and I work quite hard on Saturday’s too.
I like to walk quite fast and I don’t like it when riders are heavy handed with the reins (I’m very sensitive you know) but I like my job and I also enjoy going out to play with Clare. We have done dressage (a little bit of fun, if Clare would let me go faster), show-jumping (more fun but I still need to go faster) and jumping cross-country (lots of fun, I get to go very fast).
Now I have been here a few years I can even do some off lead work with a few able riders. I have a real variety of riders from school riders, to those doing dressage, young riders and older riders – I really am rather versatile. Although I am called grey in colour (as you can see from my early photos at the top I was once really quite grey), I have lost most of my darker grey and now look white (if you look very closely you will see I have some darker hairs and black skin). This means I get to spend lots of time with Clare as she washes me whenever I get dirty, luckily I love getting clean as much as I love getting dirty. Including getting dressed up for the annual Carol Service when I carry one of the angels.
In 2016 I went to the regional RDA competition at Oaklands College. I did some dressage and the Countryside Challenge. Clare had to get me very clean and it was an interesting day as you can see below doing the trotting in the Countryside Challenge with Molly. They told me I did not qualify to go to the Nationals but I still won lots of rosettes – and there is always next year…
If you would like to adopt me, please go to the Adopt a Pony page.