Robert Smith's Top Ride Talan Sold to Saudi Arabia


January 3, 2012 - Robert Smith's top ride Talan has been sold to Saudi Arabia ahead of the Olympics. At midnight on 31 December, the deadline for a horse to change hands and be allowed to compete for another nation in London this summer passed.

And it was revealed that Saudi Arabia made an eleventh-hour purchase of Talan.  The horse will be ridden by HH Prince Faisal.

British showjumping team’s chef d’equipe Rob Hoekstra confirmed the sale to H&H, adding: "The Saudi Arabians have been trying to get their hands on our horses for a while".  The Saudi team — along with Jordan — have just earned the final qualifying places at the 2012 Olympics after winning gold at the Pan–Arab games in December.

Photo: Robert Smith riding Talan




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