He’s an Irish Sport Horse that grew up in the rolling green hills of Ireland and was produced as a young horse by one of the country’s hardest working professional riders, and together they’ve reached the top of international show jumping. It’s impossible not to get behind the Olympic dream of MHS Going Global and his rider Greg Broderick. With a five star career that really only kicked off last year, Going Global has gone from strength to strength, proving himself with clear rounds in the world’s biggest Nations Cups, including the 2015 Aga Khan Trophy at the Royal Dublin Horse Show. When the two were selected to represent Ireland at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, it put County Kilkenny, where MHS Going Global was bred, on the map, and shone a massive spotlight on Broderick.
As Broderick and his team gear up for a big week ahead at the show that means the most to Ireland: the Royal Dublin Horse Show, we look at this dynamite, 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Quidam Junior I x Gowran Lady) that is set to add the Olympic rings to his record in less than a month’s time:
- The lady who bred him, the late Ita Brennan, was a sister of the late Seamus Hughes, and the family was very well known in Ireland as famous breeders and producers of international show jumpers. Seamus’ daughter is the Olympic veteran Marion Hughes. And before she passed, Ita received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Irish Showjmpers Club. Going Global really is the product of a legacy of Irish breeding!
- I got him into my stables to ride when he was a five year old. His stable name was and still is “Junior.”
- He was quite a sharp horse when he was young, and liked buck. But we always felt that he had the raw talent to become something very special.
- Nowadays, he is very cool, very level headed and he takes everything in the stride. That’s why he’s a horse for the big day. He doesn’t get phased in the big rings.
- When it’s not a big day, he’s quite easy on himself. When it’s not a big occasion, he doesn’t blow you away jumping around at 1.45m.
- But when you go to jump a 1.60m track that’s important get him up a gear, he knows it s a big occasion and he really grows underneath you.
- For the future, our goals are clear. To go and medal in the Olympics is definitely number one!
- And I’d certainly like to win the grand prix in Dublin with him. I’ll also look forward to the European Championships in Gothenburg in 2017
- Finally, I’d also like to contest the Masters CP International Grand Prix in Calgary, Canada with him. Junior’s owner Lee Kruger has a Canadian base and it would be cool to go and win in Canada with him.