Capriole W, otherwise known as Ria, is one of the classiest mares I have ever met. We were so fortunate to be trusted with this very special mare by a long-time client and good friend. She purchased the mare from her breeders as a young horse, and put in the time, finances, and unwavering dedication to develop her into a successful show hunter. Ria is nothing short of a spectacular athlete and has the most gentle, patient, polite disposition that shines through her interactions with people.
Capriole W is sired by USEF top-rated Hunter stallion, Cabardino, and is out of Rio’s Raphaela (Rio Grande x Donkosak).
Not long into Ria’s show career, she was sadly faced with the pain, discomfort, and intense treatment required as she was diagnosed with uveitis in her left eye. She managed for a few years with this but had annual flare-ups when her immune system was challenged (vaccines). Ria ended up losing all vision in the left eye, and to stop the pain and discomfort of these flare-ups, enucleation was the kindest option for her.
The time came for her owner to make some decisions for Ria, as her own love and interest were really in developing and competing with her horses in the Hunters. Having lost an eye is considered an un-soundness in the Hunter ring, and even though Ria’s rounds were fabulous, she was excluded from the ribbons. After this experience, the owner decided that perhaps the best life for Ria going forward was to have the opportunity to pass on her genetics, wonderful kind disposition, and impressive abilities for sport, and to become a broodmare. Ria joined us here at Braecrest in the fall of 2019.