A tribute to Antello Z

Cameron Hanley and Antello Z were an example of the very best riding and relation, the true love between a man and his horse

Cameron Hanley and Antello Z will remain in the history of jumping. The 13-year-old gelding (Animo II Z x Continue) and Cameron Hanley had a special story together. Antello Z came to Hanley’s stable as a 7-year-old, but the two had to part ways when the Irish rider injured his knee in 2011 and was out until 2013. The two were reunited as Cameron incredibly managed to make a comeback to the ring. Together they started to win again, the first big win he recorded was with Antello Z in the Grand Prix of Wiesbaden in the spring of 2013. In January 2015, the two were separated again when Antello Z’s owners ended their partnership with Hanley, but the gelding returned a few months later in a settlement that finalized the co-operation. The greatest Cameron’s happiness in 2015 was to have Antello again with him: “For me he is not just a super horse but we are friends, our lives are intertwined. He has been the last horse I rode before the accident and the first I rode when I cameback to ride. With him I obtained the first victory when I started to ride again; between us there is a special relationship, he never gives up, he fights with me and for me…”. But unfortunately sometimes life is very hard. The accident in the ring during the CSI4* Liverpool International Horse Show last 1° January left the 13-year-old gelding seriously injured, and forced Hanley to take the heartbreaking decision. On his Facebook account, Hanley writes: “Its with unbelievable sadness I let you know that my partner Antello had to be put down today due to an injury sustained in the ring, he was such a fighter and he never quit. I had some of my best days in the ring with him, he brought me and those of us who were lucky enough to work with him so much happiness, he will always be in my heart. I loved him so much. R.I.P my friend.” Together, the two recorded major wins in Wiesbaden, Calgary, Chantilly, Donaueschingen, Millstreet and Stuttgart over the last years. They also competed at the 2014 World Championships and the 2013 European Championships for Ireland. More than that, they had a really special feeling. They were above all deep friends, always ready to do their best together. Cameron and Antello represented the real meaning of riding.

​The dreams can come true if you never stop believing.

Rest in peace Antello Z.