Kilcannon Harley Cruise (Retired)

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Roche was a new ride for Fiona in 2014. After a great week with the Williams family in Ireland at the Go For Gold sale. Fiona managed to persuade Mike Williams that it would be a great idea to purchase an event horse for her to ride!! She was there for the week and watched all the horses thoroughly and chose Roche as a potential star of the future. He has fantastic movement and a jump to die for. He won the 4yr old league in Ireland in 2013. He had some great results at the start of the season however he is such a big horse we decided back off him to give him time to grow into himself in 2014. In 2015 he upgraded to novice with ease and has more than excelled in 2016, considering the dressage phase was always his set back. We started having lessons with Ian Woodhead half way through the season, who has transformed his flatwork. We stepped him up to intermediate at Aston le walls in may, where he just finished outside the top ten on a double clear. He then went onto running at 4 other intermediates, being 3rd at two of them and then winning the last two! One of which he finished on a 26DR score! He has been lucky enough to be selected to compete in the Indoor xc masters at Stuttgart in November, and also be part of the GBR team in Stockholm the week after! 2017 was as equily exciting He won the Intermediate at Belton at the beginning of the season, which upgraded him to Advanced. He then tackled his first Advanced at Little Downham where he produced a 29 dressage and double clear and made it feel as if he had been competing at this level all his life. He then completed his first 3* at Haras Du Pin and jumped double clear around the 8&9 year old Championships at Blenhiem. He was selected to go to Beokelo where the stewards had an issue with him being ridden in a straight bar rubber snaffle and decided to eliminate him in the dressage having produced a PB at this level. A decision that other riders as well as Fiona struggled to get their head around as even the head of the ground Jury admitted it was probably the softest bit that was used from all the competitors. This finished the season on a rather sour note, 2018 was a slightly bitty year due to the wet spring, dry summer along with moving yards. We managed to get some good runs in. We took him to Millstreet where he contested the CCI***. He was one of 2 horses to jump clear inside the time and made it feel so easy. Lying in 3rd place overnight we were gutted that we were unable to present him on the Sunday morning. Again another fairly sour end to his season. He came out in 2021 with a couple of fantastic results. However his injury was starting to flair up again so we have very sadly decided to retire him. Throughout his career he has caught the eye of Frankie Doodle Murrell and when she found out we were looking to re-home him, she was straight on the phone. He is now with her and her mum. What a lucky boy!