Drumhowan Black Magic

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Leo was bought out of Ireland as a just backed 4 year old. He is a very laid back character who has to be dragged when leading him anywhere but comes to life when doing his job. He was sold to Nikki Neal as a 5 year old and Fiona has been lucky enough to keep the ride. He has a super jump and, although he doesn't have extravagant movement, he consistently produces sub 30 tests as he is a very correct and compact little horse who finds the flatwork very easy. He had some fantastic results in 2013, which included winning the novice at Smiths Lawn and being placed 5th in the CIC* at South of England, finishing the season coming 8th in the 6yr old British Young Horse Championships in a very competitive class of over 80 horses. 2014 was an amazing year for Leo. He upgraded to intermediate and 2* easier than we could have wished for, being placed 9 times out of his 12 starts. The highlight was coming 3rd in a very competitive section in the 2* at Gatcombe and being selected to go to the World Breeding Championships in Le Lion, France, where he jumped one of the few double clears. In 2015 he just got better and better and was placed in nearly every event including his 2 advanced runs (9th and 2nd), his 2 CIC** runs (4th and 2nd) and his first CIC*** at Blenheim where he produced a fantastic dressage and zoomed around the cross country being one of only a handful of horses to make the time and, not only that, making it feel so easy. In 2016 he had some great runs, amassed some 256 BE points and qualified for Badminton 2017 by finishing 12th at Tattersalls, 7th in Haras Du Pin and 21st at Boekelo. He came out in 2017 with top ten results in all of his runs, feeling on top form, but unfortunately sustained an injury on the gallops in his preparations for his CCI**** debut. The whole team was absolutely devastated as we were so close. He has now recovered and competed lightly with Amy in 2019 at the lower levels whilst Fi was pregnant, jumping double clear every time out. 2021 has been another fantastic year for Leo, he has won 2 advanced at Aston and Wellington and was 3rd at Barbury 4* and more importantly he has finished the season fit and sound. Unfortunately early in 2022 Leo broke his pedal bone, although he is now fully recovered and back in full work, so fingers crossed for him to have a successful season this year.