Friday, May. 24, 2024

Katie Dinan

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Call him “Nugget,” call him “Nunu,” or just call him number one.

Katie Dinan’s 15-year-old Selle Francais gelding Nougat du Vallet (Scherif D’Elle—Camee Du Vallet, Saphir D’Elle) has staked his claim as his barn’s top horse since he guided Dinan to victory in one of their first grand prix classes together, the $50,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix, during the 2012 Winter Equestrian Festival (Fla.).

When Katie Dinan purchased Dougie Douglas in November, the 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding made headlines as he was a horse that had caught many an eye in 2015. Formerly campaigned by English rider Holly Gillott in Nations Cup and grand prix appearances at Gijon (Spain), Lummen (Belgium), St. Gallen (Switzerland), Rome and Odense (Denmark), Dougie Douglas jumped clean rounds around the world.

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Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 21

“He’s had a lot of experience on big grass fields, so it was always my plan to jump him in [this class]. I couldn’t have hoped for it to have gone better. He loved being out there.”

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