Goodbye to Ballincoola





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Uploaded on Sep 24, 2010

I have many people to thank for the attention this video has got, and I hope it sent a real star of British Eventing off well.
Thankyou to Fergus Payne (his current rider at the time of B's death) for contacting me, and to his family, Judy Skinner (owner) , I'm so glad it was appreciated by those who were directly involved. Another thankyou to William Fox-Pitt for posting it on his website, that was truely amazing.

The great event horse Balincoola died on the 22nd September from a heart attack warming up at a BSJA competition with young rider Fergus Payne. My thoughts go to Judy Skinner his owner, the Paynes and ofcourse his previous rider William Fox-Pitt.

Max" amassed 1637 British Eventing points and completed 15 three-day events, nine of which were at four-star. Since 2008, he has been competed by Fergus Payne, whose father Michael and grandmother Judy Skinner have owned Ballincoola since 2002.

When Max won the British Eventing horse of the year [for winning the most BE points that season] in 2008 I was so proud — he so deserved the recognition."

Judy adds: "He was my horse of a lifetime. My only sadness is that despite being reserve three times he never made the British team and therefore perhaps hasn't had the credit he deserved."

R.I.P to a real unsung hero and massive character of the sport. British Eventing lost a real talent that day. He will be sadly missed and warmly remembered.

To read a full Horse&Hound report visit this link: http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/3...

Honours for Ballincoola:

#15 - Top Favourited (Today)) - Sport
#43 - Top Rated (Today)) - Sport
#13 - Top Favourited (Today)) - Sport
#23 - Top Rated (Today)) - Sport
#10 - Most Discussed (Today)) - Sport
#6 - Top Favourited (Today)) - Sport
#72 - Top Favourited (Today)) - Sport - Global
#13 - Top Rated (Today)) - Sport
#77 - Top Rated (This Week)) - Sport

#45 - Most Discussed (This Week)) - Sport
#41 - Most Viewed (Today)) - Sport
#40 - Top Rated (This Week)) - Sport


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