The Greatest Horse in the World.
The Greatest horse in the world is….? Right away I can hear a cacophony of cries from the racing community. “ Seabiscuit!” “Man O’ War!” “Secretariat!” are the names I hear loudest. Then from Canada I hear “Northern Dancer!” But then from across the Atlantic I hear shouts of derision: “ Those flat racers are just sissies! The greatest horse has to win racing over fences. If they can’t do that they can’t be the “greatest” horse. Arkle! He was the greatest horse and always will be. Three gold cups and the Irish Grand National. Arkle! Arkle! Arkle!”
Then from my Canadian compatriots in the jumper world I hear, loud and clear: “Big Ben.” Ian Millar’s famous horse that no one in Europe wanted and with Ian Millar went on to become a Canadian icon.
And what of dressage? The discipline I ride and train in. The dressage horse has changed considerably in modern times and now some of the famous horses of old would not get a look in. Some dressage fans would vote for the Dutch horse Totilas who ushered in the new era of dressage and became a superstar with fans the world over. But no, I can hear so many voices calling out another name. “Valegro!” Winner of team and individual Olympic gold medals,surely he would be the greatest horse.
But what about these fine horses? Their driver would say they are all the greatest.
So many great horses to choose from. But here’s the thing. Ask any horse owner who is the greatest horse and they will tell you, most likely without hesitation, that their horse is the greatest horse.
And that is what I will tell you. My horse, Biasini, a 12 year old Hanoverian gelding, born in Germany and brought to Canada as a four year old is the Greatest Horse in the World. I have been lucky to have some very , very good horses who were just the right horse for me at the time. But Biasini is without doubt the most talented and best trained horse I have ever had.
In the 2 ½ years I have had him we have formed a partnership. I trust him and he trusts me. He is, for me, the Greatest Horse in the World.