This short feature is compiled from original material which first appeared in our News Pages
Cleveland Sporthorse Mazetto is back in the limelight. The New Zealand born 1/4 CB was bred on the South Island. His dam is Bozetto (TB by State of Kings). Mazetto's sire was Master Jack out of Golden Horizon (TB) by Harrington Matchmaker, a son of three times KGV winner Gerrick Majesty. After competing at top level in New Zealand, Mazetto was shipped to the United States for Eleanor Brennan to event in 2007. Tragically, Eleanor died in November 2007 and the following year her mother offered the ride to Laine Ashker. Mazetto (aka Eric) won at the Poplar Horse Trials in Georgia in March 2008. The following month Laine entered both Eric and her horse Frodo Baggins for the Kentucky Rolex. Frodo suffered a catastophic fall which left Laine with severe multiple injuries. Subsequently, Mazetto was sold and is now being competed by Ashley Kehoe from Virginia.
To see Eric in action competing at advanced level at Pine Top, Georgia at the end of February and at The Fork Horse Trials, North Carolina in April where they were placed 15th click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cje-JkqBks
Marcia Brody reports from the USA that Ashley Kehoe and Mazetto finished 7th together at their first CCI*** 3-day event together (Ashley's first anytime) at Bromont, Quebec in mid June! 14.6.10
At the Southern Pines Horse Trials, 4th & 5th September, Ashley and Eric finished second at Advanced and also won the Area II Advanced Championships! (Marcia Brody 6.9.10)
On 6th to 9th May Ashley and Mazetto contested their first CIC*** together at the U.S. Jersey Fresh 3-day Event. At the end of the Dressage they were 13th with 63.8%. In a clean Cross Country they went third fastest with 8.8 time faults. (No-one escaped without time penalties.) In the final Show Jumping phase of the competition Mazetto had just one rail down and one time penalty. This convincing performance secured third place for the pair.
Ashley Kehoe riding Mazetto in the Showjumping at Upperville, Summer 2009.
Photo courtesy of Callie Broaddus.