A NORTH Yorkshire coloured mare with a racing pedigree is making her mark as a potential eventing star of the future.

Heidi Sircus of Nunnington imported Rodezja, known as Dizzie, from Poland as a three-year-old in 1999 and she says the mare is surpassing all her expectations.

Dizzie is by the thoroughbred Orange Bay, trained by Peter Walwyn in the Seventies and rated one of the best middle-distance racehorses of his time. He won many listed races and the Italian Derby.

She is out of a coloured mare, Ratafia, with a pedigree stretching back to the prolific showjumping stallion Duellant.

Heidi broke and slowly educated her until last February when she sent her to trainer Paddy Muir, who says it soon became apparent the mare had a lot of ability and talent.

"Paddy believes this horse is definitely four star material, so we have been nurturing her, rather than pushing her to win at a lower level.

"Had so many events not been cancelled due to bad weather, we would have upgraded her to intermediate level, but the season ran out on us.

"Our aim this season is to start at novice, upgrade to intermediate, and finish the season with a CC1 two star. From there hopefully onwards and upwards."

But a change in her home life has made it difficult for Dizzie's owner to finance the horse on her own and she is looking for someone to either sponsor or buy a share and split the costs.

Dizzie will remain in training with Paddy Muir and there is more information on her web site: www.horeselect.co.uk or by telephone on 07799 606055.