Rick Heimrick: “If it doesn’t become the Olympics in Paris with Eno de Senor, we’ll try in Los Angeles in 2028”

In his team of the finest horses, our compatriot Rick Heimrick relies in particular on the formidable Eno de Senor, who is the son of Jenson Vant Mullenhof and descends from an excellent maternal bloodline. Respected, talented, agile and strong, Cake seems destined for a bright future, and neither its rider nor its owner, Hérica Ravel, will interfere! They met at Fontainebleau, where Inoue was engaged at the age of eight, the two friends painted a portrait of their stepson, whose beginning was a bit shaky.

Conservative, but with great craftsmanship, Rik Hemeryck patiently built a stable of excellent horses, aiming to return to level 5*. At Fontainebleau, on the occasion of the Equestrian Printemps des Sports, ten days ago, the Belgian presented four of his horses. Ten-year-old Morvin de Mosie, eunuch, Navarro van Het Illshof, magic ball, seven-year-old beautiful de Luzel, and Eino de Senor one year older. During international competitions for young horses, the latter made quite a stir, as he often does when participating in competition. Tall, strong and respectable, Inoue who has a decent name is at the start of a rich and successful career.

Inoui, owned by Hérica and Thierry Ravel, both loyal supporters and especially friends of Rik, was born on Seigneur’s farm, in Honnelles in Wallonia. The BWP eunuch stems from the rich dam line, from which comes, for example, two brothers Tinka’s Hero Z and Gracieux du Pachis, who were ascended to the level of Grand Prix 5* by Simon Delestre and Alexa Ferrer, or even Verdini d’ Hoteville Z.

“When I sold Ajanix to Luke Henry (founder of the Hero stud farm), we agreed that I would be entitled to one of his foals or an embryo. Then I saw Anais Hero Z, Inoue’s mother, when she was three days old how she got this interesting strain,” he began Mark Vanlangendonk, who produced the best horse for Rick Heimrick. “Anis Dam, China Touch Hero, was dredged up to a meter and 40 by Jerome Geary. She had few resources but tremendous qualities: she was very respectful and reliable. She was used to breeding and gave birth to many offspring, including the Acarat Hero, full brother of Anaïs, as well as Don’t Touch Tiji Hero, who was bought by Gudrun Patteet before he was injured and became a premium stallion. One of his most famous offspring is the stallion that covers more at Zangersheide, the Dourkan Hero.”

As a two-year-old girl, Anis showed a great aptitude for this sport. Being such a good breeder, Marc Vanlangendonck decided to use this new breed to continue his business. The daughter of Aganix du Seigneur and granddaughter of Chin Chin was turned on and then immediately used for breeding. Then in 2014, when she was three years old, she produced Inouï, the stellar son of Jenson van Meulenhof (Vagabond de la Pomme x Quidam de Revel), accomplices of Niels Bruynseels and of a wonderful strain of Qerly Chin. “The Inoue was a big foal, which also jumped well at two years old,” his breeders recalled. “He has always been well-behaved. His mother has a good character as well as his father, Jenson, who transmits his gentle temperament to his offspring.”

work and patience

After Inoue sustained an eye injury when he was two years old, he was entrusted to Virginia Tonon for evaluation. “The fact that Inoui is one-eyed only emphasizes the merit of his qualities, especially when one takes his current results into account. However, at the time, I didn’t know if I could market it well. That is why I have given it part of it to Virginie, with the offer to be To invest him in working with him in return, a plan that worked very well, and I led him when he was five and six, and then early the following year,” adds Mark Vanlangendonk. Inoue, who was not released at the age of four, started his career in 2019, when he competed in the national championships for his age group, in Jesves in Belgium. After completing some training sessions when he was six years old, the duo made their international debut in 2021 with a clear tour of Oliva. Right now, Rick Heimrick has this 1 meter 70 meter hunk exactly where he wants it.

“I was at Oliva for a few weeks, before the competition. Inoui was seven years old at the time. I had already noticed that he jumped really hard and in good health. So I watched him closely in the classes he was in and saw that he was excelling,” the friendly Belgian says at a meeting in Fontainebleau, Before CSI 4* Sunday Grand Prix. “I immediately called Hérica to let her know I had spotted a good horse. After the second weekend of the championship, I tried Inoui. The sensation was indescribable. I started jumping and immediately gave a meter over the obstacles.” Tempted and enchanted, Hérica and Rik did not hesitate for a moment and bought this new star.

The adventure between these two began a few years ago, thanks to Ulysse Morinda, the self-bred stallion Hérica who won the Grand Prix up to 4* in 1m60. This first good experience led to others. “With Rick we have passed the stage of the relationship between the jockey and the owner. It is now a question of human relations, of friendship. Anyway, my horses will never go to another stable, that is for sure. I was looking mainly for someone who was kind to his horses, a sine qua non To entrust it to my subjects, I have been involved with horses all my life and have competed myself up to one meter and 40, and it was impossible to resort to barbarian methods of training. In Rick, in Weaver, our horses are happy. They are raised on sweets and carrots (laughs). Rick makes them himself and spends Hours in training, and that’s not always the case. The results follow, but we’re only at the beginning,” emphasizes Hérica.

the Olympics?

Strength, respect and courage. Inoue inherited the traits Mark Vanlangendonk saw in his mother Anais. “When we start jumping, he flies over the obstacles,” his rider says with a smile. “He does it very easily.”

“He is very respectful,” adds Hérica, who has also produced a mix between Jenson van’t Meulenhof and a promising young daughter for Aganix du Seigneur. “When he goes to work, Inoue is very quiet, but when you jump, it gets hotter and hotter, as if his turbo has gone,” Rick continues. “He has a superior and simple character in his hand and in the apartment. He loves to go for a walk. He often starts his sessions half an hour on foot before the training begins.”

Friendly and full of character, my naughty nonetheless had a rough start. “When he got to us, he was so hot, even fierce, that one day I said to Rick ‘what are we buying here.’ He could trot backward twenty times in two laps around the ring, then the offense, causing the U-turn and jump off all four legs Like a sheep: the whole shebang. He knew how to do everything, ”as his owner jokes. But thanks to care at the Hemeryck-Godart stables, the big brown man found his balance. He was able to spend a lot of time outside in the ring and became much calmer and more mature. He has also gained experience in the year he is now spending with his rider. Rick wasn’t deterred by complex horses and knew exactly how to treat Jenson’s son Vant Mullenhof, to channel his passion and get the best out of it.

The duo quickly asserted themselves in competitions. “I trained him carefully. Last year, we participated in classes only for seven-year-olds. In September he took third place in the Grand Prix for seven-year-olds at Mauberg, over a meter and 40, and immediately after that he finished second in the The final for seven-year-olds in Oliva, a few hundredths of a second off the winner. At the beginning of the year he rode his first race in Oliva, where he finished eighth. Fontainebleau was of course good to continue his development. His eighth year is still dedicated to training, But I think he should be riding about 2* Grand Prix in a month or two,” the patient and hard-working rider predicts.

If the partnership at the YH Grand Prix jump in Bellifontaine is thwarted by a mogul on the way, Hérica and Rik know better than anyone that the future consists of preparing calmly and not rushing. Like Cornado NRW, Tornesh or, more recently, Django Ste Hermelle, Inouï du Seigneur makes him forget his physical differences through his great qualities. So much so that his contestant doesn’t rule out anything. When asked: “What do you wish for in the future?” , the Belgian immediately replied: “Olympic Games!” If those aren’t in Paris in 2024, Inoue can still pursue the Los Angeles pick in 2028, the year he turns 14. “His best respect for leaps and bounds,” says Rick, “is the most important thing.” “He’s big, but he’s very agile and has the resources. Now we have to proceed with caution.” Let’s make it work!

Source: SFL

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