|OLIVIA HOLOHAN |
Grew up in Norfolk,. A member of the South Norfolk Pony Club. Competed on ponies in all disciplines. And Hunted with the Dunston Harriers. Started out her horsey carreer in earnest running a small livery and breaking yard near East Harling where she lived with her parents.
She bought Rusticus in 1980, with the intention of riding him at Badminton one day.
She met John just after this, and in 1983 they were married.
Rusticus proved a really good horse, and they had a lot of success climaxing with -
Represented Ireland on the Irish Three Day Event Team with Rusticus 1989 – 1992.
She won Team Bronze European Championships in Burghley 1989. Team Silver and 8th individually, European Championships Punchestown 1992, as well as competing in the Team at the World Championships in Stockholm 1990 and at the Barcelona Olympics 1992.
She completed Burghley on four separate occasions, Badminton, Punchestown five times, with several different horses, Blenheim and Bramham, always well placed and with different horses. She had many good wins in Advanced One Day Events over the years.
Since 1992 she has retired from top level competition to have a family and concentrate on producing young horses, and riders. Two of her pupils have already competed at European (Junior) Team level.
Two most notable horses started by her are:- Giltedge, sold to USA – Team Olympic Gold, and Individual Gold, and winner of Kentucky 3 Day Event twice.
Moonfleet – winner of Burghley 2005, Badminton 2006, and 2nd Burghley 2006, Competed by her to intermediate standard.