Irish rider Clare Abbott (31) from Co Down completed Badminton last year in 14th place with Euro Prince, her entry this year. In September the pair was 13th at Burghley and in 2016 was a member of the Irish team for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Clare comes from an equestrian family – her mother is Catherine is Chairman of Eventing Ireland 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.
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, Ian Fearnon and Yogi Breisner.
Euro Prince is a 15-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. 2017 is his fourth visit to Badminton
16.1hh , chestnut , gelding
Sire Lougheries Quietman
Dam Miss Tullydraw
Breeder Dr Cormac Mckay
Owner(s): Cormac McKay, Co. Tyrone, Ireland