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Regal Grace
Oct. 15, 2009, 11:17 AM
Not surprised. Though I am surprised I did not see it mentioned on the Boekelo *** last weekend...though it's up there now. I am sure glad I went to Rolex this year saw him and Bettina during that memorable dressage test

Pippa Roome, H&H eventing editor

15 October, 2009


Bettina Hoy retired top eventer Ringwood Cockatoo in a special ceremony at the Dutch CCI***, Boekelo, last weekend. He is 18 years old.

The Hoys explained on their website: "Bettina and Cockatoo paraded around the arena while J.P. Fair sang a song he specially wrote for the occasion 'Thank you for being a friend'. The beautifully chosen words and the music brought tears of emotion to 
Bettina and thousands of the spectators.


"Boekelo was a perfect retirement venue as he won in 2002. It is close to Bettina's childhood home of Rheine in Germany and where there were over 100 international riders with many German and UK competitors who knew and admired the combination so much."


Ringwood Cockatoo won 10 times at three-star level and also triumphed in two four-stars, the first CCI**** at Luhmühlen in 2005 and at Pau in 2008.


He took the individual bronze medal at the 2007 European Championships in Pratoni (pictured), the team bronze at the 2005 Europeans at Blenheim and team gold at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen. He earned 2087 British Eventing points during his career.


The elegant grey was pretty much unbeatable in the dressage phase, with memorable performances including leading at both the 2005 and 2007 Europeans, and at the Express Eventing competition last year.


Ringwood Cockatoo's background


Ringwood Cockatoo was bred in Ireland by Hilary Greer, by the Ireland-based French thoroughbred Peacock, out of a mare called Baileys Folly. He passed through Michael Leonard's dealing yard in Ringwood in Co Limerick — hence his name — and was sold to Swiss rider Nadine Sola-Perret, who was based with Tiny Clapham. Nadine rode him to two-star level but found him quite strong. The Hoys originally thought he might be suitable for a pupil.

He was ridden by Bettina's Australian husband Andrew to start with, but Bettina took over when he was busy concentrating on his Olympic horses in 2000. When Andrew rode Ringwood Cockatoo again in 2001, he didn't click with the horse and Bettina got the ride.

vineyridge
Oct. 15, 2009, 12:03 PM
I also saw his amazing dressage test at Rolex this year. I had chills going up and down my spine.

FWIW, he is sireline Wild Risk through Worden.

subk
Oct. 15, 2009, 12:10 PM
I also saw his amazing dressage test at Rolex this year. I had chills going up and down my spine.

FWIW, he is sireline Wild Risk through Worden.

http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/ringwood+cockatoo

Yeah, I watched his dressage warmup which was even more amazing than the test itself. Interesting pedigree as I didn't realize he was Irish. I keep hearing how dressage is the weak link in Irish sport horses. ha!

Also interesting as there was a recent thread about how the WB registries talk about the importance of breeding WB mares to TB stallions--then the inevitable snobbery about TB stallions by the breeders...

JER
Oct. 15, 2009, 12:34 PM
Woodsides Ashby, Bettina's horse who scored even better in dressage than RC, was also an Irish-bred mostly-TB. His dam was ISH, his sire was the TB Scallywag.

Jupes
Oct. 15, 2009, 02:01 PM
He is magnificent. I hope he enjoys his well-earned retirement.
:)

GreekDressageQueen
Oct. 15, 2009, 05:47 PM
[url]Yeah, I watched his dressage warmup which was even more amazing than the test itself. Interesting pedigree as I didn't realize he was Irish. I keep hearing how dressage is the weak link in Irish sport horses. ha!

Irish horses don't - as a general rule - have the same natural suspension of a WB or the natural forward of the TB, but I know many Irish horses (I own two and have ridden dozens more) that are very competitive in dressage if trained properly and have the right breeding and conformation. I found Irish horses are even more competitive in the dressage phase of eventing since they can have an easier time relaxing than their mostly TB counterparts. Irish horses do have a harder time competing against WBs in a "real" dressage ring, but there are a few competing at the upper levels like KEC Double Diamond, so it is possible with good, consistent training.

Take a look at the IHB site to see just how much Irish horses dominate Eventing and Showjumping circles: http://www.irishsporthorse.com/news/international_irish_sport_horse_results.496.newsin t.html
Seven of the top 10 finishers in Eventing at the last Olympics were Irish-bred. If Irish horses were "weak" in dressage then I doubt we would see so many at such high levels of competition.

Got to stick up for my breed! :) GO IRISH!

shea'smom
Oct. 15, 2009, 07:02 PM
Lovely to hear he is retired and gets to enjoy himself. I bet Bettina is relieved to have him retire in one piece, what with some of the happenings in the last few years.

Equa
Oct. 15, 2009, 10:46 PM
I don't think dressage is a weak link in Irish horses - maybe in Irish riders.....Watching the Irish team in Hong Kong, the horses were lovely, but the riders made the dressage look hard. It was the riders who lacked elasticity and a sense of rhythm! On XC, however, they made it look soooooo easy!

yventer
Oct. 15, 2009, 11:20 PM
Irish horses don't - as a general rule - have the same natural suspension of a WB or the natural forward of the TB, but I know many Irish horses (I own two and have ridden dozens more) that are very competitive in dressage if trained properly and have the right breeding and conformation. I found Irish horses are even more competitive in the dressage phase of eventing since they can have an easier time relaxing than their mostly TB counterparts. Irish horses do have a harder time competing against WBs in a "real" dressage ring, but there are a few competing at the upper levels like KEC Double Diamond, so it is possible with good, consistent training.

Take a look at the IHB site to see just how much Irish horses dominate Eventing and Showjumping circles: http://www.irishsporthorse.com/news/international_irish_sport_horse_results.496.newsin t.html
Seven of the top 10 finishers in Eventing at the last Olympics were Irish-bred. If Irish horses were "weak" in dressage then I doubt we would see so many at such high levels of competition.

Got to stick up for my breed! :) GO IRISH!

YES!! My Car Tanga was competing at Intermed eventing at the same time he was at recognized dressage at 4th level/PSG. In many cases, on subsequent weekends. With maybe only a day or two of dsg schooling between.

His sire is Highland King. Same sire, and same year (1994) as McKinlaigh and Ballincoola.

There are not too many sires who have offspring at FEI, much less FEI in two sports at once!