Bowing out: Harris Of Mendick

by Lauren Moore

It will be an emotional moment on Wednesday afternoon in the Top Spec Arena for Aileen Curle and Brian Willliams as their 12-year-old Highland, Harris Of Mendick, steps through the purple curtains for the final time. 

Brian originally tried to purchase the Dougal of Mendick sired stallion, from owner Aileen after spotting him as a three-year-old in Scotland. However, not wanting to part with such talent, Aileen declined and asked Brian if he was interested in producing him under saddle instead, and like the saying goes, the rest is history!

During their career, Brian and Harris have achieved many great titles, including Best of Breed at Olympia in 2017 and NPS Gold Medal Champion at Blair Castle in 2019. The pair have also clocked up eight visits to the Horse Of The Year Show, Olympia and Royal International.

A big moment for them came this year when they took the Overall Ridden Highland Championship at the Royal Highland Show where HRH Princess Anne presented them with the only HPS Gold Medal given during the year.

“Harris has had such an illustrious career; the plan for him now is to stand at private stud running with some exceptional mares off a hill farm in Scotland,” said Brian. Harris has such a kind temperament and has sparked a new interest in the breed in so many people, creating himself quite a fan club!  “Everyone who has met him, has fallen in love with him. He is so special to me.”

It has been a privilege to follow Harris’ career, and we look forward to watching him perform for the final time.

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Photo credits: 1st Class Images (Headline Photo) and Real Time Imaging

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