** Update - Ryolith won the FEI TOC in Wellington last weekend with a 71% for the Prix St Georges. **
Ryolith was purchased at the Oldenburg Elite auction in Germany as a 4-year-old. He has been carefully brought along through the levels with success. The walk is very clear with good over track, it is easy to collect and make pirouettes. The trot is very regular with good swing and natural extension. The swing lends itself very well to the passage and half-steps that have been introduced throughout his training. Ryolith has a built in trot rhythm that when fully developed will be spectacular. The canter is big and really covers the ground so the flying changes are very expressive! His pirouettes are still in the development stage but are coming along nicely.
Ryolith comes to the arena with a great attitude everyday. His personality reminds me of a yellow Lab! He tries his hardest from the first step, takes the pressure well and is not easily offended. He is very safe and never needs to be lunged or worked down. He hacks out and is a pleasure to have in the stables. His coat is amazing and never needs to be clipped, he has good quality feet and is an easy keeper.
Ryolith or 'Ryo' as we call him has lived many of his years in Venezuela where he was competed extensively, including a trip to Peru for the Bolivarian Games in 2013. He is a very sound horse with no maintenance issues.