'Brock' proving bloodline has that winning class
Siobhán English looks at the breeding behind recent Irish sport horse triumphs
Irish sport horses have featured in the news a lot in recent weeks following great wins at the Rolex Kentucky by Bay My Hero and at Badminton by Paulank Brockagh.
This double for Irish breeding is a tribute to the breeders and the tremendous bloodlines that produced these two horses as well as the many others flying the home-bred flag across the globe.
Last week the 11-year-old Paulank Brockagh became only the fourth mare to win the drama-filled Badminton title. In doing so, she also gave her Australian rider Sam Griffiths the biggest win of his career.
By the Irish sport horse Touchdown, who is by the Selle Francais stallion Galoubet, 'Brock' carries thoroughbred blood on both sides as Touchdown's dam, Lady Willpower, was by Cheyene.
Both Lady Willpower and Touchdown jumped internationally with James Kernan, and Touchdown went on to sire a number of world-class show jumpers, including the 2002 world champion mare Liscalgot. In addition, he also sired High Scope, who was the only stallion to compete in eventing at the 2000 Olympic Games when representing Ireland with Trevor Smith.
Paulank Brockagh's dam Calendar Girl, by Triggerero, was purchased at Tattersalls as a yearling. She never raced, but was instead kept as a broodmare.
Now 23, she has produced a number of sport horses over the years, but none with such natural ability as Brock.
Having graduated through the Future Event horse league here, the bay was sent to England as a seven-year-old to be groomed for the world breeding championships.