Irish rider Michael Ryan (42), from Co Cork has completed Badminton eight times – he completed here last year with Dunlough Striker, his entry this year. The pair was a member of the fourth placed Irish team at the 2017 European Championships.
Michael is married to international eventer Patricia Ryan and together they run Donegan Ryan Eventing.
While Patricia found eventing through the Pony Club Michael, who is originally from Limerick, was introduced through hunting with the Scarteen. In 2009 the couple gained a one-two victory in the World Cup qualifier at Tattersalls with Patricia and Fernhill Clover Mist, taking poll position and both represented Ireland at the European Championships that year.
Michael is known for his partnership with Old Road who was retired in 2012 aged 18. The pair was an Irish team stalwart since first representing Ireland at the European Championships in Punchestown (2003). With Old Road Michael represented Ireland at three European Championships and one World Equestrian Games and completed Badminton four-times. In 2010 Michael was selected for the WEG with Ballylynch Adventure but had to withdraw due to a horse injury and his place was taken by Geoff Curran and The Jump Jet. The pair then represented Ireland at the 2012 London Olympic Games and the 2015 European Championships.
Outside of eventing Michael enjoys running and watching movies.
Dunlough Striker owned by Tom & Carol Henry, is a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding – at 17.2hh one of the tallest in the field. He is by Maltstriker (also the sire of the former four-star horse Neelix) out of a mare by the thoroughbred Beau Royal. He was acquired from Robbie and Victoria Collins in 2014 and was formerly competed to three-star by Robbie. In 2016 he was the winner of the three-star three-day at Millstreet. He completed his first four star at Badminton last year.
16.2hh , chestnut , gelding
Sire Don Juan De La Bouviere
Dam Stanman Girl (Standaan)
Breeder John Hughes
Owner(s): Tom & Carol Henry, Co. Cork, Ireland.
16.2hh , bay , gelding
Dam Beau Rua (Beau Royale )
Breeder Kevin Nolan
Owner(s): Tom & Carol Henry, Co. Cork, Ireland