13 March 2018
Jérôme Guery & Dominque Hendrix Form New Partnership
Longtime associates Jérome Guery and Dominique Hendrickx, both of Belgium, have announced a partnership together. Jérome will take over the ride on Bacardi les Hauts (Rexar du Houssolt), an 11-year-old SBS that was previously campaigned by Hendricxx, and two promising 9-year-olds that Guery acquired this winter during the Sunshine Tour, with owners Alexander Oancea and Luc Tilleman, will now gain mileage and experience with Hencricx.
"I am fortunate to have a talented rider like Alain Colette to train the horses at the stables, but unfortunately, at the moment when we are on the road in competition at the high level, it is very difficult to give enough experience to our young horses,” Guery explains. “The five stars often only allow us to bring two horses. The opportunity that Dominique Hendrickx offers me is great because he will be able to train my horses in three and four star level competitions, and I can campaign Bacardi les Hauts which is a horse which, I think, suits me well. "
Hendrickx agrees: “It's a difficult decision obviously but I try to be realistic and I must admit, that for me it's not easy to always have access to the level of competition that the horse deserves. In addition, the new rules of the FEI, with access to competitions according to the ranking, and the fact that the countries qualified for the super league have less access to second league contests make it difficult for me to get into the higher level shows. I think Bacardi deserves to get his chance for the highest level. He is ready. I love competition, of course, but it's not ideal for a horse with top ability to do two and three stars, and then getting a chance from time to time in a five star. In recent months, it has happened a few times that I propose to Jerome to campaign one of his horses in the three stars in Morocco or Oliva, and then one by one, the idea has made its way and today, We will truly develop a partnership in order to make each horse evolve, even if, as always, sales remain the ultimate goal. "