John has always been involved in Eventing: he rode up to 3* level, and is an International coach, having trained Jeanette for over 18 years.
John found Bruce when a client took him for a lesson and mentioned he was for sale. At first he looked at Bruce with a client in mind but liked him so much, bought the horse himself, at the start of 2012.
John says: “Bruce is a long-term plan and I have enjoyed every step of the process so far. I enjoy working with Jan on any horse, but having my own with her is extra special. Seeing the horse develop is a rollercoaster ride, which is half the fun with horses. I’m not an owner who concentrates on results and prizes, I prefer to see them develop and progress – which is also Jan’s ethos. Most importantly I love to see my horse grow as an equine athlete.
“In my opinion Jan is one of the best event riders in the world – and is the best XC rider. I like the confidence that horses get from her, her communication skills are great and so is her personality. The Brakewell team is a great team to be involved with – the grooms, owners and support system are all fantastic. I’d love to event Bruce myself, but having Jan as the rider is second to none.”