Fernhill Now or Never

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We had a really tough time last week as we said goodbye to the wonderful Fernhill Now or Never (Hugo to his friends). Having been out and about on him before Christmas, very sadly wear and tear caught up with him and he deteriorated rapidly, so saying goodbye was the kindest thing to do.

On a sunny day like today we’ve been looking back at all his highlights and I am feeling very grateful to have been able to ride such a wonderful horse. Purchased as a 5YO from Carol Gee, we rose through the ranks together and learnt so much. He gave me my first appearance for Team GB in former 2* Championships. We then went onto three 5* completions, with the highlight being Badminton in 2018, where we finished as best GB first-timers and had a cross country round I will never forget! He really was a jumping machine and gave me so many wonderful rounds at the very highest level, along with picking up top placings throughout his career.

The yard will not be the same without him and I wish we could have had more time to give him the retirement he deserved. I want to say a huge thank you to all my amazing team who were part of our journey and made it all possible.

I am forever grateful for all the brilliant and memorable times we had together. Thank you Hugo 💙 

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Fernhill Now or Never

2003, bay gelding, un-known breeding.

Hugo was a once in a lifetime horse and real part of the family here at Meridianway Stud.

We very sadly had to say goodbye to him in the spring of 2020 when wear and tear caught up with him and he deteriorated rapidly.

Purchased as a 5YO from Carol Gee, Kate & Hugo rose through the ranks together and learnt so much. He gave Kate her first appearance for Team GB in former 2* Championships. They then went onto three 5* completions, with the highlight being Badminton in 2018, where they finished as best GB first-timers and put in a fantastic cross country round. He was a jumping machine and gave us many wonderful rounds at the very highest level, along with picking up top placings throughout his career.

Career highlights

European 2*  (now CCI3*L) GB team member in 2011, top 20 finish.

Top 50% finishes in Luhmuhlen and Pau 2017.

Clear cross-country Badminton 2018 and successfully completed on horse and riders first attempt.

11th Millstreet CCI4*S 2018

Top 25 Blenheim CCI4*L 2018

Results

Millstreet CIC3* 11th 2018

Aston Le Walls 2018

Calmsden October 2019

We had a great outing at Calmsden Horse Trials on Saturday and hats off to the organising team for doing an amazing job to run the event.

Lecarrow Watermill (Belle) was 9th in the novice and Hazard Z (Harry) was 5th in the 100

Sad not to be able to run on Sunday, but the weather definitely took a turn for the worst!

Belle