Irish horse Flexible yesterday won the prestigious United States Equestrian Federation International Horse of the Year award for 2012.
Flexible was bred in Ireland by Edward and Catherine Doyle.
Partnered by the 53-year-old American rider Rich Fellers, Flexible is one of the oldest horses competing at the top level of international showjumping – he turned 17 this month. He is also one of the smallest horses on the world stage, measuring just 15.3 hands high.
Now owned by US couple Harry and Mollie Chapman, Flexible had a remarkable year in 2012, winning the show- jumping World Cup for America after a 25-year drought and finishing eighth individually in the London Olympics.
A son of the famous Irish stallion Cruising, who was runner-up in the World Cup in 1999 with Irish rider Trevor Coyle, Flexible is an approved stallion in the Irish sport horse studbook.