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Custom Made

Custom Made (Bassompierre x Purple Heather) is a 17.2 hand dark bay Irish Sport Horse gelding who was foaled in Ireland in 1985. Owned by Mr. Joseph Zada, Custom Made is best known for his individual gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games with David O’Connor in the irons. O’Connor and Custom Made won their first major event when they took first place at the 1995 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. The following year the pair placed fifth individually at the Atlanta Olympic Games and were third at the Badminton CCI4*. In 1997, O’Connor once again took Custom Made to Badminton where they won the prestigious event in superb style.

Custom Made won his very last competition at the Fair Hill CCI3* in 2002. He lived out his days in happy retirement at Stonehall Farm in Virginia, passing away in 2019 at the age of 34.

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