A Risky Horse Finds His Place in Blake’s Barn, and Heart, as Sharon Gardner Adds Another Dressage Mount

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Posted by Holly Jacobson

Trainer/Rider David Blake

David Blake and Lord AlbertCredit: Shery Ross
David Blake and Lord AlbertCredit: Shery Ross

Lord Albert (Londonderry x Brenda by Brentano II) was imported from Germany by Sharon Garner of Garner Creek Farms in Ranger, Texas. “Albert was an extremely difficult horse that had run out of options.” Blake recalls. “ I was able to buy him in 2007 and now he is one of the most talented, most reliable horses I have.” Within six months of purchasing the risky horse, the pair won the West Coast Regional Markel USEF 5 Year-Old Championships in Flintridge, CA. This qualified them for the World Breeding Championships in Verden, Germany. “Albert continued to be naughty with me, even through Germany but I never gave up on him. I let him work through what ever he needed to and now he’s there for me, every ride. I knew when I first met that horse that we could be partners, it would just take some time to understand each other.” Albert and David Blake are now successfully showing Prix St George and Intermediate-1 and schooling a little bit more of the Grand Prix everyday.

David Blake and Falsterbo
David Blake and Falsterbo
Falsterbo is Blake’s first sponsored horse by Sharon Garner of Garner Creek Farms. Blake first “met” Falsterbo, a 1998 Hanoverian Stallion (Fidermark x SPS Bonita by Brentano II) while clinicing at Sharon’s farm in Ranger, Texas. “The moment I saw him, I connected and knew we could be a team. I’ve been riding him since October 2010 and began showing him in January of 2011. Falsterbo is one of the most beautiful and talented horses I have ever ridden. I am honored to have the opportunity to showcase this horse.”

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