BGS Country Dreams Dies on CICO3* Cross Country at Millstreet

Patrick Martin Byrne and BGS Country Dreams at Annaharvey 2017. Photo by Aisling Deverell/

We are devastated to report that BGS Country Dreams died today during the CICO3* cross country at the Millstreet International Horse Trials in Co Cork, Ireland. Ridden and owned by Patrick Martin Byrne, the 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Power Blade x Emmas Courage), fell at fence 22, The Gypsy Wagon. The fall was not rotational, and the fence caused no other faults in the division.

Patrick was uninjured in the fall, and event organizers commented that BGS Country Dreams will be taken for a post mortem examination at the Irish Equine Centre. The pair were riding on one of Ireland’s two Nations Cup teams.

Patrick had ridden the horse from the 100cm level through multiple two-star completions. This event was the horse’s CIC3* debut.

The EN team extends our deepest condolences to Patrick and all those who knew this special horse.