Injury Forces Sonidor to Early Retirement

Injury Forces Sonidor to Early Retirement
CAPTION: A very special partnership . . . Tayla Mason and Sonidor. Photo by Eye Witness Images

Injury Forces Sonidor to Early Retirement

It’s a week of retirements, with the news that another of the 2015 Kihikihi winners is bowing out.
Tayla Mason’s Horselands CIC1* winner Sonidor is this week heading to the brood mare paddock.
It was a heart-breaking decision for the 22-year-old Wellington uni student.
Mason and her mother Sonya bred the nine-year-old Sonidor – she is by Hulatown and out of Sonya’s good novice eventer Millennium.
Sonidor was injured at the water jump at Puhinui in December.
“We worked really hard with the vets to get her back as a sport horse but it just wasn’t to be,” said Sonya. “After the accident they had to flush all the gravel out of the wound and then she had her leg in a cast for a month up in Auckland at Vet Associates.”
She came home where she was in a bandage for another month under the watchful eye of Vets on Riverbank, while the wound healed, however the knee started to fuse.
“The vets told us yesterday that she will never be ridden again.”
It was a bitter blow for Tayla – Sonidor was her ESNZ Talent Development Squad horse who she had high hopes of competing overseas. She also retired her other two top horses Royalty and Lucy With Diamonds after Puhinui.
“There were lots of tears,” said mum Sonya. “The positive is that we will get some very nice babies out of her as she is from a very successful line. If we hadn’t done what we did chance are high she would have got an infection in the joint, so we have no regrets. The ‘investment’ was worth it!”
Together Tayla and Sonidor did very well, winning the Six-Year-Old of the Year (showjumping) crown, the CIC1* at Kihikihi, placing second in the young rider one day championships (eventing) at Central Districts and going on to take out the 2015 Young Rider series.
However, Tayla has some exciting youngsters coming through, including The Innkeeper, Waimanu Highlights and Pixie Caramel who will all shortly start in the CNC105, but also a trio of Euro Sport Centavos/Just Joop babies.
She is at university doing a Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Psychology, and plans to complete that and head to the work force mid year.
She is very sad to be missing Kihikihi – one of her favourite events. It is the first time in at least a decade the family are not represented at Kihikihi. No doubt Tayla will be back next year as she brings through her next crop of champs.


Date Added: Friday, 8th April 2016