I call him Nev-Bard
November 2, 2011 12:28 PM Subscribe
Neville Bardos is a very cool horse.
posted by rdc (11 comments total)
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Actually, he was a pretty terrible racehorse. Australian Three-day Event rider Boyd Martin
bought him off the truck to the glue factory for $850.
Originally developed as horse trials for the military, three-day eventing combines dressage, cross-country and showjumping
to test horses' obedience, fitness and stamina. It's the triathlon of Olympic equestrian sport. By 2009, glue factory reject Neville Bardos was a good enough event horse to win the Fair Hill CCI***,
a United States Equestrian Federation championship event; in 2010 he placed fourth at Rolex Kentucky,
the pinnacle of the sport.
Then came the fire.
There were eleven horses in Boyd Martin's barn at True Prospect Farm. Five made it out alive.
Neville Bardos was the last to be saved; Boyd Martin and fellow Olympian Philip Dutton ran into the flames to save him. After they got Neville Bardos out, they could not save any more. Ariel, Cagney Herself, Call Me Ollie, Charla, Phantom Pursuit and Summer Breeze W all died.
The five surviving horses were taken to New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
Neville Bardos suffered serious smoke inhalation and burns on his oesophagus and lungs. He had been entered for the Burghley Horse Trials
in the first weekend of September, but no one was sure he would even recover from his injuries. It takes three months to prepare a fit horse for a four-star three-day event.
In June, Boyd Martin lost his beloved father in a cycling accident. Two weeks later his father-in-law died. Not his year, right?
Not so fast. Neville Bardos came seventh at Burghley.
I swear, if he makes it to the London Olympics, I am turning this post into a screenplay.
Nev-Bard in intensive care.
Nev-Bard, ballet dancer.
Nev-Bard, cross-country machine.
His groom tells the Burghley story.
Boyd and Silva Martin's blog.
Silva is a kickass dressage rider in her own right.
It's okay to shed a tear.