RDA Australia 2017 Horse of the Year


O'Reilly's Chief
RDA Officer, Victoria
 Horse Name:
O'Reilly's Chief
10 years
 Gelding/Mare: Gelding
White Blanket Appaloosa
 Breed: Clydie X Qh/Appaloosa
Length of RDA Service:
4.5 years
O'Reilly's Chief came to us when a volunteer found his advertisement in a local coffee shop.  The initial enquiry sounded promising a good mix of breeding, right height and he had already attended pony club with a young lad living with ASD.
Then his age, 6 years; my heart deflated.  We were looking for something more mature.  With his owner's persuasion and the promise of a good trial period, we arranged to meet him.  He was perfect from day one.  We learnt he held many attributes required of a great RDA horse.
Chief is a gentle giant of portly stature, standing at 15.2hh.  He possesses a huge heart along with patience, kindness and charisma.  He is loved by all who meet him.
Hi true colour shines in his ability to adjust to his riders' needs.  From undertaking new rider assessments, to catering for fully supported riders, he is willing to accommodate lead lines to independent riders.
He has taken riders to State and National competitions, always placing.  In 'Chiefy' fashion, he even stepped up to accommodate another Centre's rider at the 2015 National Championships when their horse became unavailable.
Happily back to his day job at RDA Officer O'Reilly's Chief isn't just teh jewel, he is the whole crown.
Click on the links below to read about our other finalists