“The Irish Sport Horse is a wonderful, wonderful horse. They tend to mature later, last longer and have a lot of heart… they’re the best.” Peter Leone
The Irish Horse Gateway catches up with Victoria Waters again as we take a look back at a training session with her Irish Sport Horse KEC Jaliska and Peter Leone at his farm Lionshare in Greenwich Connecticut.
Victoria Waters’ column “Quest for the Prix” chronicles “her trials and tribulations, the good the bad and the very ugly, in learning how to ride and compete at the top level of show jumping – a Grand Prix competition, as a middle-aged novice to the sport”.
Victoria Water’s horse KEC Jaliska is an Irish Sport Horse, bred and raised at the Kennedy Equine Centre (KEC) in Ireland. Victoria had her shipped to the US on trial. It was love at first sight. She was bought in March 2011. She is now eight and stands 16.2 hands. Her dam is Coshla Sue and her sire is Aldatus Z.
Victoria thought and rightly so we might like to share this article. The Irish Horse Gateway loves to hear and read about the progress of Irish bred horses abroad. We also love to hear that great riders like Peter Leone have a “propensity for Irish Sport Horses”.
About Peter Leone
After a successful junior career Peter won the International Jumping Derby in Newport Rode Island at the age of twenty, regarded then as the most challenging show jumping event in the nation. Peter has trained with many prominent horse men including Bertlan De Nemethy, Frank Chapot, George Morris, and Michael Matz. He has been competing successfully on the Grand Prix circuit for almost two decades and has build a distinguished resume during his professional career. He is a member of the USEF Team and has represented the US on numerous occasions including 1982 when he helped the US finish fourth in the World championships in Dublin Ireland and in 1996 as part of the USEF’s Silver medal team and the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. For more information go to his website
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