Wednesday 4th May
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Bruce Davidson Jr

United States
  • 85 - The Apprentice


American rider Bruce Davidson Jnr (39 – known as Buck), last competed at Badminton in 2011. With Ballynoe Castle RM he was a member of the American team for the WEG in France.

Buck, the son of 1995 Badminton winner and 1974 Burghley winner and former World Champion Bruce Davidson Snr, started his equestrian career hunting and timber racing. He came to attention in eventing in 1995 aged 19 when he took fifth place at the Rolex/Kentucky CCI4* winning the USET’s Markham Trophy as the highest placed Young Rider.

In 2004 he left his father’s yard to set up on his own and is now based in Florida during the winter and Riegelsville Pennsylvania in the summer, with wife and assistant trainer Andrea (nee Leatherman). The couple has a baby daughter (Aubrey) born in March this year.

In 2011 he was the number one ranked rider in the USA.

The Apprentice is a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. He is by the Holstein Casado out of a mare by Fernblick



The Apprentice

ISH, Ireland, 2004
16.3hh , bay , gelding

Sire Cadado

Dam Funny Girl (Fernbuck)

Owner(s): Sherrie Martin, USA


Park Trader

ISH, Ireland, 2002
16.3hh , bay , gelding

Sire Master Imp

Dam Ballyhast Polly (Highland King )

Breeder Christopher Bailey

Owner(s): Carl & Cassandra Segal, New Jersey, USA

Notable Results

2015 – Elkton CCI3* 8th The Apprentice

2015 – Kalispell CCI3* 8th The Apprentice

2015 – Lexington CCI4* 33rd The Apprentice, 13th Petitie Flower

2014 – Caen WEG ret Ballynoe Castle RM

2014 – Allentown NJ CCI3* 1st Copper Beach, 3rd The Apprentice

2014 – Lexington KY CCI4* 3rd Ballynoe Castle, 12th Park Trader

2014 – Norwood NC CIC3* 4th Ballynoe Castle RM

2014 – Southern Pines NC 2nd Ballynoe Castle RM, 18th Park Trader

2013 – Temecula CA 1st Petitie Flower

2013 – Elkton MD CCI3* 2nd Park Trader

2013 – Burghley CCI4* El Park Trader

2013 – Lexington KY CCI4* 4th Ballynoe Castle RM, 9th Mar De Amor, 22nd Park Trader

2013 – Norwood NC CIC3* 3rd Ballynoe Castle RM, WD Park Trader

2013 – Tallahassee FL CIC3* 3rd Ballynoe Castle RM, 13th DA Adirmo, 19th Park Trader

2012 – Pau CCI4* EL Ballynoe Castle RM

2012 – Elkton MD CCI3* 16th Mar De Amor, 17th Park Trader

2010 – WEG Lexington 42nd Ballynoe Castle RM

2010 – Richland, Ml CIC*** 7th Ballynoe Castle RM

2010 – Lexington CCI**** 16th Titanium

2009 – Burghley CCI**** 11th Ballynoe Castle RM


2011 – 21st Ballynoe Castle RM