Sligo man keen for NZ Olympic glory
Published 02/03/2010 | 05:00
A Co Sligo farmer will have a keen eye on the London Olympics in two years time as he is the breeder of one of the competing horses.
John Anthony Cogan, from Corlisheen, near Castlebaldwin, bred Grass Valley, which has been chosen by Mark Todd, New Zealand's double gold-medal winner, for the eventing competition at the London Games.
Mr Cogan bred the gelding from his mare Connacht Gold and his stallion Legal Pressure.
The same dam also produced Riverstown Express, who has gone on to enjoy national eventing success.
Although he has been breeding horses for more than 40 years, with various levels of success, Mr Cogan admits this has been his biggest achievement to date.
"I'm delighted with this horse," he said. "You don't breed too many like this.
"It's lucky to get a horse like that and it happens only once in a lifetime.