It will be the fifth visit to Badminton for Irish rider and part time teacher Clare Abbott (32) and her entry Euro Prince. Clare who is from Co Down and Euro Prince has previously completed three times and in 2016 the pair was a member of the Irish team for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. This is their 11th season together.
Clare comes from an equestrian family – her mother Catherine is a member of the Eventing Ireland committee and her Father Ronnie is an event steward. In 2007 Clare represented Ireland at the Young Rider European Championships at Blair Castle and in 2013 gained her first place on the Irish senior squad when called up for the European Championships to replace Aoife Clark (Master Crusoe). She competed as an individual coming home clear inside the time and finishing in 29th place.
Clare specialises in producing young horses and in 2013 she won both five and six-year-old Irish Sport Horse eventing series leagues; the six year old with Cormac McKay’s Oakley (Beachball-Runton), the five-year-old with John Melvin’s Glenkeeran River (Crosstown Dancer [ID]-Snurge XX) who since won the Camphire CIC2* as a seven-year-old. With Euro Prince, Clare completed her first Badminton in 2014 and then rode as an individual at the WEG in Caen – in 2015 the pair also completed Badminton and was 9th at Pau and gained its third Badminton completion in 2017.
Clare is a part-time maths teacher teaching in secondary school. Her father and mother rode in showing and hunting and sister Stephanie, who groomed for Clare at the OG, works with event horses in Australia. Clare trains with Ian Woodhead and Grant Wilson.
Euro Prince is a 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. Bred by his owner Dr Cormac McKay, he is by Lougheries Quietman, a son of High Scope (sire of four-star horse Bluestone Luke). High Scope, who was also owned by the Mackay family, competed at the Sydney Olympics with Trevor Smith. High Scope was a son of Touchdown (sire of Badminton entries Paulank Brockagh and My Royal Touch). Euro Prince has been ridden by Clare since a five-year-old. 2018 is his fifth visit to Badminton and will be his eighth three-day at the level.
16.1hh , chestnut , gelding
Sire Lougheries Quiet Man
Dam Miss Tullydraw
Breeder Cormac Mckay
Owner(s): Cormac McKay, Co. Down, Nothern Ireland