When Ozzie the gypsy cob was busy grazing in his field just two years ago he had no idea that fame was just around the corner.
His name was changed to The Wizard of Oz as he continued to perform magic at competitions!
“I was really busy two years ago with coaching, training and looking after my little son Jack so I wasn’t looking to take on another horse,” says Zena.
“But Ozzie found me – his owners, who are friends, told me they were thinking of selling him and I agreed to try him out.
“I’m a dressage coach and immediately felt there was a connection – a kind of ‘golden thread’, despite him not being schooled, and I knew then he had great potential.“He was also very handsome and especially striking as he has two blue wall eyes, usually just one is coloured.
“A piebald gypsy cob, 15.1 hands high and full of leg feather, performing dressage! But I made the decision to buy him and the journey to get him fit began.”
Ozzie’s first unaffiliated (amateur) competition was in July 2018 and he impressed both judges and spectators, winning both of his classes.
His name was changed to The Wizard of Oz as he continued to perform magic at dressage competitions!
“We continued to attend unaffiliated competitions, his performances didn’t falter and many red rosettes were added to his collection,” says Zena.
“In April 2019 I registered him with British Dressage and since then we have qualified for various events.
“Ozzie has also been attracting a huge fan base – to see a well-muscled working cob performing dressage is quite an eye-opener, especially as they are bred to pull a cart!“In July 2019 he qualified for the Dressage Trailblazer’s Championships at Stoneleigh, which he took in his stride, taking reserve champion.
“I also joined the Traditional Gypsy Cob Association. British Dressage organise associated championships every year for different breeds and associations and the TGCA are part of these championships. In November 2019 again Ozzie triumphed to become TGCA dressage champion!