Our hearts are with Jonelle Price and her team as they face the recent loss of Jonelle’s four-star partner The Deputy.
A tribute by Jacky Green about the big, dark Irish Sport Horse, known as “Hero” around the barn, announced the news on Equestrian Sports New Zealand last night: “2015 saw Jonelle Price having to make the heartbreaking decision to say good bye to her four star partner The Deputy.”
She went on to describe Hero as “not just Jonelle’s top horse for so many years, he was her friend and everyone at Mere Farm loved and respected him.”
Jonelle produced Hero from Novice to the four-star level and together they successfully tackled some of the toughest courses in the world, turning in two top 10 finishes at Burghley (5th in 2013 and 9th in 2014) as well as clear cross-country rounds at Rolex and Badminton.
Owned by Tim Morice, Jan Morice and Lucy Sangster, the horse was 14 when he passed.
We are deeply sorry for Jonelle’s loss and will miss watching their special partnership in action.