Irish rider Clare Abbott (30) from Co Down was a member of the Irish team for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. With her Olympic ride and Badminton entry 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.
Clare comes from an equestrian family and in 2007 she 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.
Clare is a part-time maths teacher and spends her evening coaching student in maths. 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, Ian Fearnon and Gabriel Tunney.
Euro Prince owned by Cormac McKay, is a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. Bred by his owners 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.
16.1hh , chestnut , gelding
Sire Lougheries Quietman
Dam Miss Tullydraw (UNKNOWN)
Breeder Dr Cormac Mckay
Owner(s): Cormac McKay, Co. Down, N. Ireland