When the Brennan family of Mill House Stud in County Kilkenny, Ireland, sent a bay gelding to rider Greg Broderick for training and sale in 2012, the young Irish Sport Horse came along with a very big name.
But it didn’t take Broderick long to agree with the horse’s breeders: MHS Going Global would certainly turn out to be a horse that fit his name. When Going Global arrived in Broderick’s yard, he set out to keep the ride on the Irish Sport Horse [Quidam Junior I x Cavalier Royale], rather than selling him along to another rider.
In 2012, Broderick, who operates Ballypatrick Stables in County Tipperary, was Ireland’s top national rider, with his name on nearly every national show jumping title in the country. But he was still looking for the horse that could bring him into the international, five-star classes.
There’s no doubt now that MHS Going Global was that horse; at the Longines Global Champions Tour Estoril on July 13th, Broderick guided him over three clear rounds to a third place finish in the €300,000 Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix CSI5* of Cascais. For their Global Champions Tour debut, Broderick couldn’t have asked for a better result, or a better announcement to the world that he is at the reins of a truly world class horse.
It’s easy to look back now and say that he saw that kind of potential in the horse as a five year old, but Broderick attests that that was exactly the case. After the 2012 Dublin Horse Show, Broderick showed Going Global to his client Lee Kruger of Caledonia Stables, who had several young horses in training with Broderick. “I told her that I had a very very good horse in my yard, and that she should take a look at him,” Broderick remembers. “So the day after the Dublin Horse Show, herself and her husband Paul came to see him and bought him and in that way he was able to stay with me in my yard.
“He was a very sharp horse when he was young, he actually was prone to bucking people off,” Broderick says. “But he’s settled down with age and now he’s quite easy to ride.”
Broderick and MHS Going Global were named Irish National Champions in 2014, with MHS Going Global named leading horse of the Premier Irish Series. Over the winter, Broderick trekked all the way to the United States with his string, where he turned heads and made headlines by picking up a national-level grand prix win and several top finishes[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“He was a very sharp horse when he was young, he actually was prone to bucking people off,”[/pullquote]
with MHS Going Global at the HITS Thermal Desert Circuit in California. And this spring, as the horse came 9, Broderick aimed him towards their first five stars.
Saying it went well would be an understatement; MHS Going Global and Broderick finished as the best Irish riders on a four fault and clear round in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cups at both Lummen CSI5* and La Baule CSI5* in May. At their third CSI5* at St. Gallen in June, they jumped just one of four double clear FEI Nations Cup rounds, and Going Global jumped around the Sunday Grand Prix –his first five-star grand prix– clear with one time fault.
Those are the kinds of performances that get attention, and Broderick soon received a wild card invitation to compete at the Longines Global Champions Tour Estoril. He’d only seen Global Champions Tour shows on television, and Going Global had just the aforementioned CSI5* experience.
But Broderick was confident that he could step up to the big stage and put in a solid performance with his horse.
“I’ve been riding him four years, and we have a very strong partnership,” he explained. “I know him so well and our partnership gives me confidence every time I go into the ring. I knew he was capable of jumping a clear round. I have a lot of faith in my horse, and I wasn’t any bit intimidated just because it was a GCT show.”
[pullquote align=”left” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”In the next few years you’re going to see a lot of really good international Irish Sport Horses coming up through the levels.”[/pullquote]
That he jumped three quick clear rounds to finish behind FEI ranked World No. 1 Scott Brash with Hello Sanctos, and Saudi Arabia’s Abdullah Al Sharbatly and Domino was proof of this Irish Sport Horse’s quality and ability.
“The horse comes from a very strong mother line,” Broderick explains. Going Global’s dam, Gowran Lady, has Cor de la Bryere bloodlines on the sire’s side and ISH lineage on the dam side). “One of the best in Ireland. There are a lot of international jumpers in the mother line of Going Global. The breeding in Ireland is coming back, and in the next few years you’re going to see a lot of really good international Irish Sport Horses coming up through the levels.”
As it is now, 29-year-old Broderick will be riding one of a handful of Irish Sport Horse show jumpers competing at next month’s European Championships in Aachen, Germany. He’s been confirmed as a member of the Irish team, and he was riding with that in mind in Estoril.
“In Estoril I had it in my head to just build the horse up, and jump clear rounds. I don’t have any intention of doing fast jumpoff rounds until after the Europeans. So to go there and jump three clear rounds and build him up in a nice way was really pretty perfect.
“I knew he was a superstar,” Broderick adds. “I suppose that makes it easier for me, in stepping up to that level, knowing I have such a good horse under me.”