The magic - matching the horse & rider
Horse: Rivendell Baldor SAW gelding
Breeder: Rivendell Warmblood stud
Rider and Owner: Lucinda Woodruff (one of the youngest racehorse trainers in the country)
A note from his Breeder Karin Koep:
On the 14 November he jumped his first 1m40 competition at the WC 2021 Championships. He ended up winning it with two fantastic clear rounds as well as winning the Victory Ludorum. These moments make breeding absolutely worth it. Thank you to everyone involved in his success.
Rivendell Baldor is a 12 year old gelding by Bono van de Kiekenhoef BWP (Skippy/ Grannus) standing in Natal. He is out of our imported Hanovarian mare Carla by Concetto Famos/ Myrtens xx. Baldor was Carla’s first foal. She has had nine foals to date.
A note from his Rider, Lucinda:
A family friend of ours LeeAnn Drew bought him from Rivendell Stud as a youngster and started him off as dressage horse initially. He was very strong minded and never quite showed much will in the dressage arena so she asked me to start jumping him as a change of scenery for him.
It took a few months of perseverance but he finally found his jump and never looked back from there and that’s when I bought him from Lee Ann as he quite clearly LOVED TO JUMP. It’s been an incredible journey we started competing in 2016 and jumped our first 1.30m in 2019 and unfortunately due to Covid and a few other reasons, never jumped again until the end of 2020. I decided at the beginning of this year that my main goal was to jump in the Western Province Championship’s , so to win it was just surreal!
"Baldor has been my absolute heart horse, he is one of the kindest most forgiving horses I’ve ever ridden and he loves his job."
Lucinda Woodruff's Grandmother, Joyce Millard, won the Western Province Showjumping Championship on her Horse Fly Ridge in 1958. Some 63 years ago. Another exciting win for the family.