Event Rider Katie O Sullivan speaks about Carrick Diamond Lad

Letter written by Katie in 2008:

Katie competing Blackout at Ballindennisk, 2012

Katie competing Blackout at Ballindennisk, 2012

I write this letter to recommend the use of Carrick Diamond Lad as a top sport horse sire. I do so as a professional event rider having produced and evented many horses at all levels. Rarely have I come across young horses that have made such an impact on me as the progeny of Carrick Diamond Lad. His horses have an abundance of quality, presence, breathtaking movement, excellent temperament and a good brain. The first Carrick Diamond Lad I produced and evented in the young event horse league was Private Heart purchased by John Keane and later sold to Olympic Gold medallist Bruce Davidson. Private Heart is rated in the top 10 in the U.S.A. and is now campaigning with reigning individual Olympic champion Leslie Law. I am presently training a 6 year old mare Carrick Jewel. This mare won the Future Event Horse League (FEHL) qualifying at Ballygraffon in July 2007. She then went on to come third overall at the FEHL finals at Tattersalls and was the champion 5 year old mare at these finals. She then placed second in the second prenovice at Tattersalls in October. The Olympic rider and coach Van de Vater has seen this mare and rates her very highly. I also campaigned with another very special Carrick Diamond Lad youngster, Lowhill Blackout, who also qualified for and competed in the FEHL finals at Tattersalls. So impressive are the Carrick Diamond Lad’s that I have bred my own mare to him. With Carrick Diamond Lad now having fully Approved status, I expect more and more of his progeny to compete on the international stage. Carrick Diamond Lad is a stallion I have always had great confidence in and the high standard of his offspring are doing this stallion the justice he deserves

01 March, 2008

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