Sinead Halpin is taking over the ride on Forrest Nymph, a 14.3-hand New Forest Pony mare who has successfully campaigned through preliminary and tackled her first CCI* in April. I featured Farrah on EN’s Got Talent earlier this year, and since then, her owner, Beth Davidson, decided to put out some feelers to see if any upper-level riders would be interested in seeing just how far this little mare can go. After placing an ad on Sport Horse Nation, Beth received an overwhelming response, and she talked about why she ultimately chose Sinead on her blog:
“I had some excellent offers, from four-star riders down to 15 year olds wanting to ride their first preliminary — both foreign and domestic riders. In the end, I chose the rider who I thought would fit Farrah’s personality and riding style best and who impressed me with her professionalism. Even though she couldn’t come for a test ride due to a bum ankle, she sent her good friend Lisa Barry (who did a great job on Farrah) to test ride Farrah and called me that night with a proposal I could not refuse.
“I am so proud to say that Forrest Nymph, aka Farrah or the Red Head, will be ridden by Sinead Halpin (SHE) beginning in December. Farrah’s former owner, Lynn Simpson, and breeder, Leslie Feakins of Trevelyan Farm, are super excited as well. Black Dog Farm (where Farrah resides) will miss her Highness, but we will have a great team to cheer on this winter.”
Sinead is equally excited about bringing this super pony into her barn, and she unveiled the news last night via Facebook:
Many super ponies have been compared to the late great Theodore O’Connor since he stole America’s heart, and now we’ll all wait to see if Farrah is the real deal. With Sinead in the irons, anything can happen! Go Farrah, and Go Team SHE.