The talented 13-year-old Westphalien gelding, Riverndell Parador (Paradiso / Zalin), suffered an aneurysm near his heart, on the 3rd of April, while being ridden. His owner and rider, Jessica Greelish, announced the death of her treasured FEI horse on the Equestrian Queensland website.
Readers of the Horse Magazine will have enjoyed the three part series with Hayley Beresford, in which Jessica and Parador starred. Together, Jessica and Parador had the makings of a promising Grand Prix combination for Australia. Hayley said during one of their lessons: “I think he’s a fantastic horse to take to Grand Prix, so why not? He has quality enough..”
Jessica had made plans to base in Germany at Hayley’s stable with Parador, and her five-year-old gelding Jazze (Jazzman / Rubinstein / Donnerhall). They were to leave in May, after the Sydney CDI this month. On her webpage, Jessica released the following statement:
“Pardor was such a champion. The work that came over the last weeks of his life was truly amazing and I’m so glad the people who have been the biggest part of his life, Ben Conn and Jeanette Greelish, got to see it, and that I got to feel the magic that came from his piaffe and passage, that had truly kicked into a new gear. He was the fittest and most supple he had ever been, and was really on fire getting ready for Sydney CDI and our move to Germany. I love you P’diddy, thanks for all those amazing moments and for being such a great and quirky friend!”
When Jessica was 16-years-old she wrote a wish list that described her dream horse – four white socks and a blaze, great movement, kind temperament, and a great friend. Coincidently, a perfect description of Parador, “He was my dream horse!”