Benny's Legacy sold to USA with 'mixed emotions'
Benny's Legacy, the 11-year-old double Nations Cup-winning horse campaigned by Fintona's Jenny Rankin, has been sold to US team World Cup-winning rider Adrienne Sternlicht.
Sternlicht is delighted to welcome such a special horse to her team, and has thanked Bourns Sport Horses and "in particular his rider Jenny Rankin for doing such a wonderful job producing him to top level."
The bay gelding by Lupicor, who won in Drammen and Uggerhalne for the Bourns Sport Horses team earlier this year, will now campaign in the USA with Sternlicht at the McLain Ward stable.
Rankin, who now competes in Europe with the Cian O'Connor Karlswood showjumping team, has credited the horse with moving her career ahead to five-star international level.
Lurgan-born Deirdre Bourns, who runs showjumping teams in Ireland, Europe and the USA, said they sold Benny's Legacy with "mixed emotions".
Benny's Legacy was named after the young rider Benedict Kuehnle, who owned the horse but tragically passed away some years ago.
His horse was passed on to his sister Jenny, and then Rankin.
This week, meanwhile, all roads lead to the World Championship for Young Horses in Lanaken, Belgium where Belfast's Sophie Dalm and Fermanagh rider Catherine Thornton are competing.
Harold Megahey (Carrickfergus) and David Simpson (Londonderry) are also selected.
Ireland's experienced Lanaken finalists will be Ger O'Neill, Greg Broderick, Michael Pender and Neal Fearon.