One thing that was evident is how prominently Irish horses featured. An extraordinary 50% of the horses in the top eighteen places were Irish bred. For a small windswept Island on the outskirts of the Atlantic, when it comes to producing top level event horses, we really do punch above our weight. In 2012 the Irish Sport Horse Studbook ranked in 1st place in the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horse studbook rankings while the Irish bred Mr Medicott, ridden by USA’s Karen O’Connor, was the highest placed individual event horse of the year.
One particular horse that we were watching closely at the Lexington CCI4* event was the highly consistent Ballynoe Castle RM, ridden by Buck Davidson (USA). Bred in the South East of Ireland by Sylvester Cullen, this thirteen year old gelding by Ramiro B was the first foal out of the Irish Sport Horse mare Ballyvaldon Natalie. Rolex Kentucky brought the total of international top five finishes to an impressive sixteen for Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM.
So sit back and enjoy a favourite IHG moment and watch Buck Davidson and the Irish bred Ballynoe Castle RM during the Cross Country phase at Rolex Kentucky where the pair finished in an impressive 4th place.
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