Famous Connections

Olympic Connections.

SUNBEAM: Tokyo 1964. Bronze

Sold by Frank Kernan to D’Inzeo Brothers, Competed in the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 ridden by Piero D’Inzeo, winning a bronze medal for Italy.

AMBASSADOR: Munich 1972. Gold

Frank Kernan bought Ambassador from Jim McEvoy, Castlewellan, N.I. He competed  internationally for Ireland with Tommy Brennan before being sold by Frank to Grazianno  Mancenelli with a view to winning a Gold for Italy at the Munich Games in 1972 one year later. Part of the deal was if a gold was won Frank received a bonus of £5,000. Fortunately for Frank the deal went through.

COUNTRYMAN: Seoul Olympics 1988

Frank Kernan bought Countryman in Northern Ireland from Leonard Cave. His son James competed with him for two years before being sold to David Broome who went on to take 4th place with him inthe Seoul Olympics in 1988.

TOUCHDOWN: Barcelona Olympics 1992

Touchdown was by Galoubet and out of Lady Willpower. Lady Willpower was sold at Dublin Horse Show to Graziano Mancinelli for a record price. Frank Kernan decided to buy her back for breeding purposes. James Kernan jumped her internationally for a year and won at Hickstead and Ostend. She was covered by Gaboulet, one of the top stallions in the world at that time. Touchdown was born and went on to win numerous Grand Prixs and was on the winning Aga Khan team at Dublin Horse Show in 1992 and the same year was the top Irish horse in the Barcelona Olympics partnered by James Kernan. Unfortunately at his first show back in Ireland he had an injury at Millstreet Show which shortened his career. He was retired to stud and produced many champion offspring including L’Escargot who went on to win the World Cup in Spain with Dermot Lennon.

Famous Horses

BELLVUE:

Frank Kernan sold Bellvue to the d’Inzeo brothers of Italy. He went on to win numerous Grand Prixs all over the world ridden by Raimondo D’Inzeo.

SPORTSMAN & BALLYWILLWILL:

David Broome had great success with these two horses which he bought of Frank Kernan winning top international competitions worldwide.

MARCELLA:

James Kernan made his international debut in Cork at the 1972 Junior European Championships at the age of 14 on the mare Marcella. In 1973 Marcella and James competed in Antwerp in Belguim and finished 5th in the Individual European Championships. The following year they went on to win the Gold Medal in the Junior European Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland, the first Irish person to do so and only one of two.

CONDY:

Condy was bought in 1975 by James Kernan from a well known dealer in Ireland Ned Cash. The following year he won the Boylan Trophy at Dublin Horse Show. A competition for young horses. In 1977 Colonel Sean Daly. Chef d’Equipe of the Irish Team picked Condy and James at the last moment to represent Ireland on the Aga Khan Team which was the start of a great run of victories for the Irish Team in Aga Khan competitions in Dublin being one of the famous “Three in a Row” wins in 1977, 1978 and 1979 with the same team consisting of Eddie Mackin, Paul Darragh and Capitain Con Power. Condy won Grand Prixs in Ostend and Hickstead. One of his finest hours was beating Eddie Macken on Pele in the Hickstead Grand Prix in 1979.