In little more than eight weeks, the 11-year-old Selle Francis gelding Seringat (Chef Rouge x Guillame Tell) became a shooting star on the North American winter circuit under rider Cian O’Connor.
The Irishman grabbed headlines with Seringat on the weekend of February 26 – 28, 2017 in Ocala, Florida, USA when he jumped a flawless weekend as anchor of a victorious Team Ireland in the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Ocala CSIO4*, and also won the $100,000 City of Ocala CSIO4* Grand Prix.
After a few weeks of rest, O’Connor and Seringat repeated their Nations Cup success on Friday, March 3, in another double clear performance to help Team Ireland win the $100,000 FEI Nations Cup CSIO4* in Wellington, Florida. They then jumped a clear in Sunday’s $216,000 CSIO4* Grand Prix, presented by Lugano Diamonds, and finished 12th with one rail down in the jumpoff.
Seringat has been sold by owners Ronnoco Jump Ltd of County Mayo, Ireland, and will now be ridden Geir Gulliksen of Norway.
“Seringat is an incredible horse who I know will continue to do great things,” commented O’Connor.
Gulliksen is a highly accomplished rider and stalwart member of Team Norway, with four World Equestrian Games appearances, three finishes at the FEI World Cup Jumping Final, and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games to his record. Gulliksen recently lodged top finishes at CSI5* Olympia and CSI4* Stockholm.