It’s back-to-back wins in the EquiBreed and VDL Leading Stallion Series for Bravado Ego Z.
The chestnut stallion is currently based in Ireland at Cian O’Connor’s Karlswood barn with rider Logan Massie.
“It’s nice to pick up the win again,” said Logan. “It’s nice for the horse as he was really the only stallion competing consistently at top level. Both seasons were cut short and we used them as building blocks to take him overseas to compete.”
Logan says the horse ticked all the boxes by jumping plenty of clear rounds in the classes he started him in. “That is all we were aiming for.”
The horse is owned by Fiona Hall, Sue Holden and Logan, and was bred by Linda Mayer. The 12-year-old is by Balougran out of Cresida Ego Z who is by Carthago Z.
Bravado travelled well to Ireland in February and is now just a week out from competing at his first national outing. He will have three shows before heading to mainland Europe for a run of internationals.
“The training facilities at Karlswood are amazing, so we are just making the most of it,” says Logan. “We believe Bravado could have the potential to jump at the top of the sport and Europe or America is the place to test that.”
He says the timing was perfect for them to head offshore for six months. “Having the opportunity to base at Karlswood and train with Cian again was something I needed to do for my riding to get the max out of Bravado,” he said.
“He is such a cool natured horse. He keeps to himself in the box but likes to get out and do things. Here he gets out three times a day normally – riding in the morning, then the water treadmill at lunch, and hack or paddock in the afternoon – so he is loving all the attention. For an older horse he never stops learning and trying to please his rider.”
Logan did however feel a little sad at missing the Series Final Show. “It’s well run and a lot of fun, so I haven’t missed it for a long time.”
The Jumping Team – 5 May 2022