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Thursday 19 July 2018

Showjumper Diamond dies at Coolcorron

PEDIGREE: One of Ireland’s top showjumpers, Coolcorron Cool Diamond, died recently at the Coolcorron Stud in Cor
PEDIGREE: One of Ireland’s top showjumpers, Coolcorron Cool Diamond, died recently at the Coolcorron Stud in Cor

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.

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A traditionally-bred Irish horse, the stallion had King of Diamond and Nordlys lines in his pedigree and was approved by Horse Sport Ireland and the Selle Francais studbook.

The plan had been for the stallion to take up stud duties full time on his retirement from competition. However the sire had other ideas and covered very few mares in his stud career.

MYSTERIOUS

"For some mysterious reason at a certain stage he seemed to take against the process and wouldn't complete covering.

"We were never able to resolve the problem," explained Mr Splaine. However there is a limited stock of semen still available from the sire.

Perhaps his most famous offspring is the grey sport horse Mister Cool, ridden by Helen Kearney to three Paralympic medals at London 2012.

Coolcorron Cool Diamond spent his retirement in paddocks beside Splaine's house on his farm in Co Cork, where he was put down a fortnight ago.

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