Leading event horse dies

By: Horse Deals

Leading event horse dies
Leading event horse dies
Leading eventer Ballincoola has died following a heart attack while warming up to show jump at a BSJA competition near Bury St Edmunds.
The 16-year-old four-star winner formerly ridden by William Fox Pitt and owned by Judy Skinner and Michael Payne, amassed 1637 British Eventing points, completed 15 three day events.
After his final run with William in 2008, "Max" returned to the Payne family for Michael’s sons to gain experience on.
Found by William at Andrew Hazeltine’s yard in 2002 as a potential purchase for Judy , he started at Badminton three times: in 2005 when third after the dressage phase he was retired on the steeplechase after suffering a heart fibrulation. He was subsequently checked regularly after cross country runs.
The year after his Burgie win Max was runner up at Bramham CCI***, then in 2004 he completed on his dressage score at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****, finishing in fourth place.
" I just look at what Max has done for my family," said Judy. "It’s been a joy both to witness his great results and watch Fergus complete both his first two and three star competitions. Unfortunately Hector (Michael’s second son), who had just taken on the ride, never got to benefit from Max’s experience.
"When Max won the British Eventing Horse of the Year (for winning the most BE points that season) in 2008 I was so proud he so deserved the recognition.
"He was my horse of a lifetime. My only sadness is that despite being reserve three times, he never made the British team and therefore perhaps hasn’t had the credit he deserved."

Max has been buried on the Payne family farm.