To watch Hideaway’s Erin Go Bragh in the dressage ring, is to marvel that this supple, elegant performer is any relation to the shaggy ponies of the west of Ireland . On the other hand, to see him attack a cross-country course or a stadium round, the cat-like grace, the power, the sheer courage of this little stallion are truly evocative of all that is best in his native pony breeding.
Partnered with rider Carol Koslowski of Geneseo, NY, he moved quickly through the Preliminary ranks finishing second three times in 1990. In 1991 his win the MCTA Horse Trials, a highly regarded event with a notoriously tough cross-country course, against some stiff competition gave some indication of the talent in that compact body. He won at the Groton Horse Trials later that year in a division that included riders like Bruce Davidson, Mike Plumb and Denny Emerson and in the next three years he became a favorite of the eventing world with remarkable performances at almost all the major show sin the east coast.
Erin Go Bragh began 1995 by winning three second-level classes at the Lake Erie College Dressage show, followed by winning his Open Intermediate divisions at Fair Hill and the Middleburg Horse Trials and ended by becoming the AHSA’s Zone 2 Advanced Horse Trials champion for 1995 as well as the USCTA’s Connemara of the Year.