Dan Jocelyn

Wednesday 7th - 11th May 2025

Dan Jocelyn

New Zealand
  • 19 - Dassett Cool Touch


British-based New Zealander Dan Jocelyn (52) last competed at Badminton in 2018 gaining his seventh completion of the event. With Blackthorn Cruise he completed Burghley in 2019 and last year placed 13th in the 4*L at Boekelo. Badminton will be a first at the level for Cooley one Too Many with who he completed the 4*L at both Bramham and Blenheim last year.

Dan, who was born in New South Wales Australia, runs a training yard near Oaksey in Wiltshire with his wife Emma, finding and producing young horses.

Dan came to prominence with Silence with who he represented New Zealand in the 2002 WEG (12th) and the 2004 Olympic Games (30th). The combination was previously selected for the 2000 Sydney Olympics but had to withdraw due to injury. With Silence, who was bred at the Mamaku stud, Dan contested four-star events for 11 seasons and after his retirement after Burghley in 2008 Silence was competed at lower level events by British team dressage rider Laura Bechtolsheimer. Dan then competed the full brothers Special Attorney and Special Advocate up to and at four-star.

In 2021 he broke his leg in a fall at Hartpury requiring surgery.

He trains with Alex Franklin

In his spare time Dan enjoys golf.

Blackthorn Cruise owned by Panda Christie and rider is a 14-year-old registered Irish Sport Horse gelding. He is by the KWPN show jumper Vancouver out of Ms Cruise by Cruising. Ms Cruise is also the dam of Clonkee Stud’s approved jgrand prix jumping stallion Numero Cruise as well as the showjumpers Kan Cruise and Ukato Cruise both competing in Ireland. Blackthorn Cruise was acquired by Panda as a five-year-old from Vere Phillips and has been produced by Dan. He is described as not very friendly but with a great competitive instinct.

Cooley One Too Many owned by the Jack Syndicate, is a 15-year-old registered Irish Sport Horse gelding. He is by Jack of Diamonds out of a mare by Delamain. He was formerly ridden in his formative years by Frankie Clapham and then produced to 4* by Daisy Berkeley. Dan took the ride at the beginning of 2022. Jack was part of a ‘buy one get one free’ deal from the sales in Ireland. He is described as ‘sharp’ and his life is described as ‘colourful’.


Dassett Cool Touch

ISH, Ireland, 2006
16.2hh , chestnut , gelding

Sire Van Dantzig

Dam Touch of Cavalier (Secret Touch)

Breeder Briege Farrelly

Owner(s): Therese Miller, London
& Rider

Notable Results

2022 – Boekelo CCIO4*L 13th Blackthorn Cruise

2022 – Blenheim CCI4*L 29th Cooley One Too Many

2022 – Alnwick CCI4*S 22nd Blackthorn Cruise

2022 – Bramham CCI4*L 15th Cooley One Too Many

2019 – Burghley CCI5*L 24th Blackthorn Cruise

2019 – Tattersalls CCI4*L 2nd Blackthorn Cruise

2016 – Burghley CCI4* 13th Dassett Cool Touch

2011 – Burghley CCI4* 47th Special Advocate

2010 – Burghley CCI4* 24th Special Advocate

2009 – Burghley CCI4* 19th Special Attorney

2008 – Burghley CCI4* 15th Silence

2007 – Gatcombe British Open 2nd Silence

2005 – Burghley CCI4* 9th Silence

2005 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 8th Silence

2004 – Athens Olympic Games 30th Silence

2003 – Blenheim CCI3* 18th Silence

2002 – Jerez WEG 12th Silence

2002 – Burghley CCI4* 13th Pee Wee

2001 – Burghley CCI4* 3rd Silence

2000 – Lexington CCI4* 16th Silence

1998 – Burghley CCI4* 5th Silence


2018 – 37th Dassett Cool Touch

2017 – 29th Dassett Cool Touch

2009 – 49th Special Attorney

2008 – 24th Silence, 33rd Special Attorney

1999 – 8th Silence