Photo by Laurie Monroe

Jump school with Will Simpson.

KEC Double Diamond (RID), Registered Irish Draught (performance tested and approved in Ireland), has been enjoying the privilege of lessons and being ridden by Will Simspon at El Campeon Farms before Will and El Campeon’s Ado Annie (I[D]SH), Irish [Draught] Sport Horse, leave for Spruce Meadows for 3 weeks. On their return from Canada, KEC Double Diamond will recommence his lessons.

Of K.E.C. Double Diamond, Will said,

“This horse has plenty of scope. He is so ‘adjustable’ in his stride, and has a great mind… He is the seeing-eye dog of jumpers, and I mean that as a big compliment.” [Will Simpson]

Of horse and rider combination he says, “This horse has the talent to do the big stuff and so does the rider – now it’s about the rider’s confidence.” Rider and owner of KEC Double Diamond, Jutta Heinsohn, (Dressage trainer and Bereiter, FN) looks forward to when Will returns.

“I have a lot of work to do, but I am encouraged by my horse and with the opportunity working with Will provides me. I am presented with challenges and push myself to new heights…, Will is a warm person, a terrific professional, and he understands the Irish Horse well! I wish him and Ado Annie the very best at Spruce Meadows!!” [Jutta Heinsohn]

Oisin and Jutta (May 2003)

Oisin and Jutta (May 2003)

It was great to learn that El Campeon’s Ado Annie goes back to the same great lines as KEC Double Diamond on her father’s side – King of Diamonds by way of Errigal Flight. The lineage says it all.