Allison Springer has welcomed Mr Sydney Rocks into her program as her newest upper-level ride thanks to the Team Springer Syndicate LLC, she announced last night. A 10-year-old Westphalian gelding by Lenardo out of Farah Diva, “Syd” was campaigned to the CIC3* level by Lucinda Fredericks most recently competed at the Advanced level in England with Chris Burton.
Jess Montgomery spotted the horse and passed the word on to Allison, with the match proving to be a good fit. “I have been searching for a quality horse with Advanced level experience for quite some time, and I’m very grateful for Jessica Montgomery’s help in finding this horse,” Allison said in a statement.
Previously owned by Mr. and Mrs. Tim Page, Clayton Fredericks rode the horse in Europe as a youngster, with Syd most notably placing fourth as a 6-year-old at Le Lion d’Angers. Clayton took him through the two-star level, with Lucinda then taking over the ride and moving him up to do his first CIC3* at Blair Castle in August, where he finished 34th with a clear cross country.
“I know that the Pages could have sold this horse to a lot of different people and appreciate them trusting me with his future,” Allison said. “I also can not say enough good things about the training he has had to date, as he has truly been brought up by some of the best riders in the world.”
Syd will get settled in at Allison’s base in The Plains, Va., before heading south for the winter with the rest of her string. “I absolutely think Mr. Sydney Rocks has all the ingredients to be a top horse, and I cannot wait to see where our journey takes us,” Allison said. “I cannot thank everyone involved in the Team Springer Syndicate LLC enough for their dedication, support and belief in my goals.”
We’re looking forward to seeing Syd out and about early next year. Be sure to watch the video below to see Allison trying the horse in England. Also, syndicate shares in the horse are still available. Anyone interested in more information can email [email protected].