When I was little, Branch County was my dream horse. Or at least one of them. So many horses. So little time!
- He cleared 7’2″ to win the puissance class at the Royal Winter Fair one year to carry his rider, Robin Hahn, to victory.
- He was picked up by Michel Vaillancourt in February of 1976, after Hahn decided he could not afford the $10,000 price tag, and opted to compete on L’Esprit in the Olympic Three-Day Event instead.
- Branch County and Michel Vaillancourt won the first ever individual medal in show jumping for Canada at the 1976 Olympics in Bromont, Quebec.
- Branch County was only seven at the time, and Vaillancourt set a record for being the youngest show jumping rider to win an individual medal (two babies, as Vaillancourt has said).
- Branch County was a failed race horse.
Branch County joins the ranks of another favourite thoroughbred, Snowbound (gratuitous Snowbound photo here):
A reminder that the thoroughbred is a fantastic and courageous sport horse. Two great show jumpers, two great reasons to consider an OTTB!