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Palmer duo can go all way.

Byline: KAREN DENT

NORTHUMBERLAND event horse owner, John Palmer, is competing at this weekend's Burghley Young Event Horse (BYEH) finals with a horse and rider partnership be believes has the talent to go all the way.

Palmer's Dutch Warmblood Enzo qualified for the five-year-old finals of the competition held during the prestigious three day event less than two months after he bought him in May. Enzo is ridden by Gemma Carson, who finished second to British Olympic eventer Sarah Cohen at the qualifier at Richmond in July.

It is the first time that Mr Palmer, who is based at Kilnpit Hill near Slayley, has qualified a horse for the BYEH but he is feeling confident.

"He's an absolutely fantastic horse.

I'll be amazed if he doesn't finish in the top 10," he said. "For a five-year-old, he's amazing; nothing phases him.

"Originally, he was a dressage horse.

His mother was a Grand Prix dressage horse but he just didn't have quite what it takes. However, he descends from great jumping bloodlines.

"He'd never jumped when we got him so we did some loose jumping and we'd never seen anything like it. He's definitely going to make Badminton."

Palmer has similar confidence in 24-year-old rider Gemma; so much so that he has bought advanced eventer Ashdale Samiro for her to ride.

KAREN DENT (0191) 201 6243 karen.dent@ncjmedia.co .uk

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 4, 2010
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