ROWANOAK SORCERER
by Karen Manning

Photograph by Pleasure Prints

When asked to write about 'Merlin' I thought, "Oh my God, what on earth am I going to write!"

The reason for my reaction being 'Merlin' only came on loan to us at the end of July, a very green, just broken, recently gelded ten year old.

Prior to the Championships we only did one Show with him, which he kindly won his class with my daughter Samantha on board. We only know him for a short time, but he was a real character and took to the job like a duck to water.

My thanks must go to Mr and Mrs Whitehouse-Lowe for kindly loaning him to us. To Katie Carter for producing him so brilliantly, and a special thanks to Vanessa Rowland who stepped in at the last minute to ride him so well that they went on to win the Packard Bell Challenge, a wonderful end to a very short, but successful season. I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot more of 'Merlin' next year. Good luck to his owners and his new jockey for the coming season.
ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT!