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The Rock-itt : May 2012
“He was already a proven jumper so it wasn’t as if we were trying to train a one eyed horse to jump. He already knew his skills so it was a matter of trying to find out how he would cope with all the other challenges at the top level, such as different lighting, tight turns off his blind side, indoors, Royal shows etc.”. “He has been amazing. He is the best horse I’ve ever had, sometimes not the most careful, but definitely the scopiest and most generous. He has never stopped or cheated, and when we have had International course designers like Leopoldo and Werner designing big tracks with demanding distance, it’s so good to know he can reach them.” George explained. Colleen Brook, who trains George and Ozy said, “I always knew Ozy would handle the big tracks and George is riding him better and better. Heavens knows it’s hard enough to get a World Cup standard horse and it’s a tribute to George that he’s done all the training with Ozy himself and they are now such a good combination.” There aren’t many thoroughbreds competing at the top level of showjumping and definitely very few with one eye, so it’s understandable why Ozy is such a hero to all the Team Johnson family and friends. A passionate horseman since the age of six, George is now a full time professional rider and respected athlete on the Australian Equestrian circuit. He has competed at the highest level on Australian soil, with consistent performances in the World Cup Qualifier Showjumping tournaments. Hailing from Nelson, NSW, George is both an NCAS Accredited Level 1 Coach and a member of the NSW Pony Club’s Paid Instructors Panel. George is also a Type 1 Insulin Dependent Diabetic. He is the perfect example of how a disease like diabetes doesn’t need to define your life. This is a truly inspirational pair! To find out more about George and Ozy visit www.teamj.com.au They are currently looking for sponsorship. Stor y by Christine Johnson Photos by Rachel Smith (Furdography)