Out of the famous mare Stream Lion, a producer of many excellent event horses, and by the Thoroughbred sire Gipfel whose progeny went on to be top-class sport horses, Eagle Lion competed at the highest level of the sport with Bruce Davidson Sr. in the tack. The horse, bred by Patricia Nicholson and owned by Dr. George Strawbridge, won the Fair Hill CCI*** and was the first of only two American horses to win the prestigious Badminton Horse Trials.
Eagle Lion also had several top-five finishes at Fair Hill, Burghley, and other outings at Badminton. He has the honor of being one of few horses to complete the four-star course at Badminton double-clear four times in his career. Throughout his time competing in the U.S., Eagle Lion never acquired a cross-country jumping penalty.
Visitors to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky may have noticed the stunning bronze statue beside the Rolex Arena of Davidson and Eagle Lion depicting their legendary drop into the Head of the Lake. Eagle Lion passed away at the age of 27 in December of 2012.