The great Ballynoe Castle RM passed away in his field on Friday, April 23, Buck Davidson reported on his Facebook page. “It’s with broken hearts that we share that today Reggie died peacefully in his field at our farm in Ocala. Now he can watch over everyone on cross-country tomorrow. He was a huge part of all of our lives for so many years and truly a horse of a lifetime.”
The Irish Sport Horse gelding (Ramiro B x Ballyvaldon Natalie) was 21 at the time of his passing. Owned by Carl and Cassandra Segal, “Reggie” had a storied eventing career and has sat on top of the USEA’s High Point Historical Horse Leaderboard for the last six years. He also earned the USEA Horse of the Year in 2011.
Reggie was bred in Ireland by Sylvester Cullen and imported in 2006 by the Segals for Davidson at the age of 6. Davidson and Reggie won their first event together in a Preliminary and would go on to compete at nearly 100 events together over the next decade. Their final event together would be at the 2016 USEA American Eventing Championships where they finished fourth.
In his second season at Advanced, Reggie finished in second at the 2008 Jersey Fresh Three-Day Event CCI3* (now CCI4*-L) and the following year made his five-star debut with a 15th place finish at the 2009 Kentucky Three-Day Event. They followed it up with an 11th at the 2009 Burghley Horse Trials.
In 2010, Davidson and Reggie represented the U.S. at the World Equestrian Games and the pair finished in 42nd. They were named to the U.S. team again for the 2014 World Equestrian Games but retired on course.
At Badminton in 2011, they would finish in 21st place and pick up five top-two finishes at the Advanced and CIC3* (now CCI4*-S) level. They returned to Jersey Fresh in 2012 and finished fourth in the CCI3* (CCI4*-L). 2013 saw the pair earning a fourth-place finish at the Kentucky Three-Day Event and they would return in 2014 and better it with one spot for third-place. At the Jersey Fresh CCI3* (now CCI4*-L) in 2015 Davidson and Reggie took home the win and would go on to follow it up with wins at Millbrook and Richland.
2016 would be Davidson and Reggie’s final season together, but in 2017, Reggie’s longtime groom, Kathleen Murray, would take over the ride for three Training level events including a win at the Ocala Horse Trials.
Reggie was officially retired in a moving ceremony at the 2017 Kentucky Three-Day Event.
The USEA sends its sincerest condolences to Davidson, the Segals, and all of Reggie's connections – he will be missed.
Temecula, Calif.—March 30— "World class." That's what Galway Downs Spring International dressage judges Helen Brettell and Robyn Fisher said in unison of the two rides that put Tamie Smith in the one and two spots in the CCI4*-S after dressage.
Myakka City, Fla.—March 30—In the third year of hosting FEI three-day events and recognized horse trials, TerraNova Equestrian Center welcomes an eventing date to their busy spring competition schedule. Riders from all walks of life, Olympians to young eventers, flocked to TerraNova to experience the previous two fall three-day events. The addition of the spring date gives riders an opportunity to run an FEI event and horse trials before heading home after the winter season.
The United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA) is delighted to announce the renewed partnership with SmartPak as the “Official Feeding Supplement of the USEA” for 2023. SmartPak will also continue their support of various USEA programs as a “Gold Sponsor of the USEA American Eventing Championships,” “Contributing Sponsor of the Adult Team Championships at the AEC,” “Bronze Sponsor of the Classic Series” and “Contributing Sponsor of the Young Event Horse Series.” The “SmartPak USEA Stallion of the Year” and “SmartPak USEA Pony of the Year” leaderboards will also allow the company to assist in recognizing the top placing stallion and pony of the Association at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention in St. Louis, Missouri this December 6-10. SmartPak will provide ample prizes and awards for the programs and championships that they support.
From horse trials in her home state of California where she prepared herself and her horses to take on the best in the nation and around the world to five-star events overseas where she represented the United States on some of eventing’s biggest stages, Tamie Smith had a remarkable season and finished 2022 as the Bates USEA Lady Rider of the Year for the second year in a row.