Wednesday 05 September 2012
Putting her trust in a friend paid off for West Cork-based Justine Fay, who bought a horse, unseen, over the phone that last week capped a great year by winning two championship titles at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show.
Colorado III, also known as Sid, was selected as the Champion Small Hunter in the six-year-old and older class and went on to also lift the Intermediate Hunter crown, with 16-year-old Gavin Daly from Leap in the saddle.
"I bought Sid over the phone in 2008 as an eight-year-old after I received a call from a friend in England telling me you have to buy this horse.
"He had been bred in West Cork and taken to the sales in Goresbridge as a yearling and sold to the UK.
"Until the day I collected Sid, I had never seen him, but trusted my friend’s advice and, from that day to this, I have no regrets whatsoever, as he has brought me so much happiness," said Glandore resident Fay, who came to Ireland 17 years ago from Hertfordshire — and who wants to thank her family for having to put up with her Colorado "obsession".
Colorado is a 12-year-old chestnut gelding, whose breeding is unknown.
He claimed the Champion Hunter titles at Charleville and Cork Summer Show, winning rosettes with Gavin Daly, who is trained by his aunt, Jenny Burchill-O’Driscoll, from Castletownshend.
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