It was celebrations all round for the team at Harthill Stud after the Ramiro B sired Cooley Master Class and Oliver Townend took the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky CCI 4* title.
After a clear round cross country, Oliver stood in third position overnight. It was a tense finish as Oliver took the lead from Michael Jung, with a foot perfect fault-free show jumping round with Cooley Master Class, to finish on his dressage score of 28.7 penalties
Oliver has ridden and produced Cooley Master Class, owned by Angela Hislop, since he was a four-year-old and is a firm favourite on the yard. Sired by the much sought after Belgian Warmblood Stallion Ramiro B out of The Swallow, (Master Imp (TB) x Cavalier Royale).
Said Oliver: “Obviously it’s a fantastic feeling to win. The owners gambled on me to win back the money they invested to cover our travel costs, and I’m pleased to say it paid off with both horses coming through with great results. Cooley Master Class was sourced by Richard Sheane from Cooley Farm, having started his career show jumping and has been a delight to produce all the way through. This was his first time at four star level, and he felt like he took it all in his stride,”
Added Nina Barbour of Harthill Stud: “We are delighted for Oliver and Cooley Master Class, he is a hugely talented horse who has risen through the eventing ranks and has proven that Ramiro B is capable of producing event horses capable of winning at the very highest level of the sport.”
Number four on the WBFSH sire rankings for eventing stallions, Ramiro B is truly unique in how consistently he stamps his stock.. The prolific stallion, a Grand Prix winning show jumper himself, consistently delivers jump, movement, blood and an excellent temperament that all come through in his offspring.
He is an outstanding dual-purpose stallion for both eventing and show jumping and is well known for his long list of successful progeny at the highest levels in both sports. He is also a very commercial choice for breeders, due to how trainable his offspring are from an early age.
Oliver had a fantastic event not only winning with Cooley Master Class, but also taking seventh with MHS King Joules. Both horses are 13-year-old Irish Sport Horses.
Oliver was delighted to win, as this victory is his second leg of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. To secure the title the rider must win the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton, Land Rover Burghley and Land Rover Kentucky Horse Trials consecutively in any order. Oliver won Burghley last September with Ballaghmor Class, so will be contesting the vital third leg at Badminton along with Cooley SRS, another prolific Ramiro B son.
Ramiro B has a stud fee of £950 plus VAT offering fresh, chilled or frozen semen.
For further information telephone Stephanie Hecker on (01948) 666295 or visit www.stallionai.com