Catching our photographer's eye, always looking so smart, bright red and white (grey) - the unmistakable pair of Paul Tapner and his Event Horse, Kilronan.
Very sadly, Tapner Eventing Team announced the news that Kilronan was put to sleep at the end of last week. His health and soundness had rapidly deteriorated over the winter months from a condition affecting his spine and central nervous system.
He was a highly sensitive soul in the stables, however, this sensitive nature completely vanished when he launched out of a XC start box, transforming into an exceptionally talented and brave XC horse, with an ability to make it all seem easy and effortless during his partnership with Paul.
Fondly known as Tom, Kilronan was an extremely successful Event Horse with numerous wins at every single level of British Eventing , alongside numerous wins at FEI 2* and 3* levels. He completed Badminton CCI4* three times, Burghley CCI4* twice and represented Australia at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy 2014. His highest achievement at 4* level of 4th place was at Badminton in 2014. Tom amassed a huge 1160 British Eventing Points during his career. He had been retired from 4* level of competition during 2016 and it had been planned to campaign him at 2* level this year with young rider Ben Edwards .