Sargent Squirrel is a 16.3 hands Chestnut Gelding by Pembridge Warlord (Han) out of Wicker Basket (TB) owned by Michael Discombe
John Discombe (my father) purchased him as a 2-year-old in North Wales for me to event. At first I was a little worried, as I had no idea of what he had bought!
He stayed with my Father until the age of 3, then I brought him down to the New Forest where I was based at the time. He was a very weak 3-year-old, and was not broken till he was 4, and then turned away till he was 5.
From the age of 5 he started to compete at unaffiliated events, doing well and being placed most times.
In 1998 disaster struck, he was involved in a road traffic accident where the trailer he was in turned over on the M3. Unfortunately Squirrel was thrown through the roof of the trailer, where he sustained a fracture to his thoracic vertebrae. He was rushed to Liphook Veterinary hospital where chief vet John Warmsley carried out the operation to remove the splinters of bone, he was given a 50% chance of becoming sound post-operatively.
He came sound after 18 months of careful rehabilitation, we then moved to Wiltshire where he started to compete in Affiliated Show Jumping. In his first season (2000-2001) he qualified for Discovery 2nd round and came 2nd in the South West Championships. He then continued to compete in Foxhunter and Newcomer classes.
In 2002 we felt that he was finally ready to go eventing which is what he was purchased to do. It took him a few events to get the hang of x-country rather than show jumping and becoming braver. Since Tweseldown 2 he has been placed at every event he has been to gaining 15 BE points.
Next season we are planning to take him to advanced and then hopefully on from there.