This is his sire, Ulysis, a performing circus horse.
His dam is Camisa, a registered PRE of pure Carthusian blood. She is by Emperador XXV and out of Dotado III. She was bred by Mario Torio Collantes of Madrid. Rico was born on the 11th August 2011.
This is Rico on his first day out in his new home. I turned him out with Dougal who made an excellent job of looking after him and playing with him. At night he's stabled in the barn, in sight of Dougal but next to Bella who strangely seems to quite like him, which is most unusual for Bella!
Here is Mike getting to know Rico a few days later. The light is not good but I love these photos!!! Rico has settled so well and seems very relaxed and happy here, and he adores attention from Mike and I.
After a week I turned him and Dougal out in the big top field with the old, retired geldings, Tom, Russell and Guinness, and then returned Dougal to a smaller, barer paddock when the spring grass started to come through. Hopefully these three will be Rico's mentors for many years to come.