Alan Davies is the ever-present guardian and friend by Valegro’s side. He is the super-groom that is as well-known as rider Charlotte Dujardin and trainer Carl Hester. A quiet, generous man, he deserves his own place in the spotlight during Valegro’s farewell ceremonies.
"You always have to be patient.” Backstage at the Olympia Exhibition Hall in London I have ample time to muse about Alan’s words.
It has been more than an hour since our interview and I am waiting for him to return from another appointment with a sponsor. He has promised me a visit to the stables to meet Valegro and by now I am wondering whether he has simply forgotten about me in the midst of all the furore and buzz surrounding the show and Valegro’s retirement.
Should I wait any longer? He said he’d be back in half an hour, didn’t he? Patience is a virtue. Patience is also the number one attribute when dealing with horses.
And patience pays off. After nearly two hours Alan Davies’ smiling face appears a...