The big news of the day is Allison Springer now has the ride on Lionheart thanks to the Team Lionheart Syndicate. If you missed that press release from earlier in the day, click here to read it. We’ll have much more on Lionheart this week — including an exclusive interview with Allison tomorrow — but in the meantime, Allison posted this video on her Facebook page of William talking about the horse. Without further ado, here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about Lionheart according to the video:
1. His barn name is Lion.
2. His breeding is Thoroughbred and Holsteiner, and he’s by the Holsteiner stallion Lancer III.
3. He’s a very sensitive horse and goes a lot like a Thoroughbred.
4. Lion is a total gentleman and never pins his ears.
5. He can try a bit too hard and be a bit too serious about his job.
6. Lion is the most amazing jumper William has ever ridden.
7. Lion is a “gentle soul,” so gentle that even William’s young sons have ridden the horse.
8. William rode the horse in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where Lion earned a team silver medal for Great Britain.
9. Lion ran his first four-star event at Pau in 2011, finishing in third place.
10. The horse is 11 years old — just hitting the prime of his eventing career.
Go Allison. Go Lion. Go eventing.