I contacted Tanya McDermott from HRV HERO as I was enquiring about finding a nice quiet Standardbred gelding for my daughter and I.
We had been looking for a little over one year and just couldn't find the perfect horse for us.
HRV HERO was recommended to me by the breeder of my current Standardbred gelding.
I did a quick Facebook and Google search and got Tanya's number and gave her a call - easy as that.
We spoke over the phone and I told Tanya what I was looking for and what experience my daughter and I had (we are novice riders).
Tanya had a gelding come to mind for us straight away, she knew the horse well and knew his previous racing owner/breeder and was able to tell me quite a lot about his history and what his owners hoped for his future.
His profile was on the HRV HERO website, he sounded perfect ..... I just had to meet this special guy.
Tanya was great, she organised for my daughter and I to come up and meet "BARNEY" aka Count De Lira that weekend.
I have to admit I was pretty nervous to meet Tanya and BARNEY; I knew he was a special boy and Tanya wouldn't let just anyone take any of the HRV HERO horses, as she cares very much about them and matching them to suitable homes.
Would we be the right family?
We arrived at HRV HERO to be greeted by Tanya and a big warm welcoming hug.
We met BARNEY, and Tanya took us for a traiI ride, Liana my daughter was lucky enough to be able to ride (HERO Ambassador) FRANKIE.
BARNEY was perfect, he was exactly what we wanted and Tanya agreed that BARNEY should come live with us ..... that was the best feeling.
Yippee! We found our perfect horse.
The whole process was so easy and stress free, Tanya even agreed to float him to us as I don't own a float.
BARNEY arrived five days later and we are over the moon with this genuine, smart, quiet gelding.
We have owned BARNEY for one month now and he is everything and more to us. We are thrilled that we have been given the privilege to own him and care for him.
Congratulations to everybody involved with the re-educating and re-homing of these gorgeous horses ..... WELL DONE
I would highly recommend HRV HERO to anyone looking for their next best friend, you won't be disappointed.
Rachael Rollason & BARNEY