Showjumper Diamond dies at Coolcorron
COOLCORRON Cool Diamond, one of Ireland's top show-jumpers for many years, died recently at Coolcorron Stud in Cork.
The Irish Sport Horse stallion competed at home and abroad with Irish showjumping manager Robert Splaine from 1995 until the horse's retirement in 2007.
The pair won numerous Grands Prix in Ireland and were Irish National Champions in 2007, when the stallion was 18.
They regularly represented Ireland on Nations' Cup teams and helped the team take home cups from Rotterdam, Washington, Toronto, Aachen, Lummen, and St Gallen.
"He was great," said Mr Splaine, "brave, careful, honest, intelligent – as good a horse as you would ever want to go to war with.
"If I were to single out our most satisfying win, it has to be when our team won the Nations' Cup in Aachen.
"He delivered a clear round in one of the toughest cups at one of the greatest shows in front of 45,000 spectators. It stands out in my mind and always will," he added.
Coolcorron Cool Diamond, known at home as Bobbu, was owned by Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York.