Tonight we tell the story of a horse that will seriously pull at your heart strings. He is pretty special to a lot of people and he is here because of other special people.
Tonight we tell the story of LOMACHENKOWho is partnered by Phil Lever
Lomachenko aka “spike” as he is known at home is definitely a stable favourite. A huge character matched by his massive Pharlap sized heart.
Spike was bred by David Lever and Michael “two dog” Webster. He is by Lord Pezi out of a fantastic mare by the name of humdalah (staneflatski x tip top) for those who don’t know Lord Pezi is considered to be the flagship of the Böckmann station. More than 20 of Lord Pezi's offspring have reached grand prix level, including Lord Spezi, who jumped at the 2008 Olympic Games, Lombadia and Lariccello. In 2013, his sons Little Pezi and Niagara were both placed in the 3* at Drachten. His son Lord Pezi Junior, one of more than 20 licensed sons, now stands at the Hamstrup stable too, following in the footsteps of his great sire.
We can tell you a little about Mums breeding too, thanks to Ktherine..Mum was by a tb called Stanislavsky who was a sire of excellent jumping horses that are balanced and very athletic. One notable one was Zaphod the oustanding world cup showjumper ridden by David Brideoake.
One large reason that is very special about Spike is The Lord Pezi semen was purchased by David lever at a fundraiser for a fantastic friend in our sport Catherine Stephens.
Spike spent most of his early year in a paddock next to the arena at Treehaven watching other horses train.
Despite spikes difficulties in the breaking stage where he was probably broken in three or four times he didnt start jumping until the age of late 5 year of age to early 6 year old. He found jumping easy. And after a few months at it was crowned Australian 6 year old Champion at Jumping with the Stars.
Spike when at home spends most of his time on the track and the odd occasional jump before shows. Spikes human family just want to keep him happy.
Spike started his Grand Prix career 12 months ago and in this short time has won the World Wetlands Grand Prix 2022, Two World Cup placings and a third place in the Victorian State Titles.
Spike loves Vegemite and his massages, but he really dislikes going slow.
Spike is really starting to earn his spot in the Grand Prix arena and is a real crowd favorite. Definitely exciting to watch as he always leaves it all in the arena. Spike we cannot wait to see you leave it all in the arena on Sunday. We and lots around of us knowing how special you truly are will be cheering you on!
Some of Spikes recent performances are below
known as: Spike
ridden by: Phil Lever
sire: Lord Pezi
bred by: David Lever & Michael Webster