After a well-deserved retirement we had to say a very sad farewell to Paddy on 6th January 2012. As many of you may have been aware, he had Degenerative Joint Disease, which had progressively got worse and eventually meant that he could no longer be ridden.

Paddy came to live at Barrow Farm in March 2001 and very quickly be came a firm favourite with yard staff, volunteers and riders. We very found out that Paddy could turn his hoof to most things as he was a very calm natured horse who took everything in his stride. He did everything from riders who had to be hoisted on and needed maximum support to riders who were able to ride completely independently. We trusted him in every situation.

For several years, Paddy took riders to the regional RDA competition and he helped riders qualify for the National RDA Championships, which are held at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire. He always behaved impeccably and was able to give his riders a fantastic experience of achievement. He was a very handsome horse who scrubbed up very well and was admired for his good looks everywhere he went. This meant that he regularly won the Tack and Turnout competition at the regional and national RDA competitions.

Outside of his day job, Paddy led a very varied life and enjoyed going out hacking and competing at dressage and cross country with Sally. He regularly brought home many rosettes especially in the dressage, which he was particularly good at. When Paddy was not busy working or winning rosettes, he loved to go out in the field with his friends. He spent many hours playing with Fergus and Starra and we have many memories of Fergus and Paddy swinging each other about by their rugs. Fergus particularly liked to pick up cones and swing them at Paddy though I’m not sure Paddy was so impressed. Paddy will no doubt hold many different personal memories for the people who knew him and will definitely be remembered fondly by all of them.