Congratulations to Denise and Pierre!

Rising Spirit (“May”)

 Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin from Stoney Brook Farm in NH have purchased arguably the best-bred event horse broodmare in the US today from Craig and Sarah Thompson. Rising Spirit, or ‘May’ as she is known in the barn, is sired by the event horse super sire ‘Primitive Rising’  and out of The King’s Spirit, winner of the 2008 Bromont CCI3*.

Denise and Pierre

This mare was bred by my good mate Peter Barry and his wife Susan from Quebec, Canada, through Frozen Semen.  She was campaigned and trained by Peter, Colleen Loach, Craig and Sarah Thompson and Lainey Ashker up to the two-star level before she hit the breeding barn due to injury.

I think it’s a great thing that Denise and Pierre are getting the best bloodlines in the world on the MARE side to breed their horses. At the end of the day, horses bred with pedigrees like this will help the sport in this country.

Good luck with her!!!



From Susan Barry: 

May’s Sire, Primitive Rising

Rising Spirit (May), is by Primitive Rising, purchased 1988, by Louella Stud ( ) leading National Hunt Sire, prolific sire of eventers, winning 8 British Horse Foundation Awards, siring 5 Burghley Young Horse winners, and sire of advanced horses including Cool Mountain (individual Silver & Team Gold at WEG 2010), Rolex Kentucky winner King’s Temptress, 7th Badminton, Primitive Control, (6th Badminton, 7th Burghley, competed for GB at 2002 European Championships.)

King’s Temptress

She is out of The King’s Spirit, winner of the Bromont 3-Star with Sharon White. The King’s Spirit is by Rock King out of Hinton Spirit, by Welton Apollo, who was one of the foundation Welton stallions and was competed by a young Leslie Law in his first 4-star. Welton Apollo placed at both Badminton and Burghley.

Cool Mountain

May’s daughter, Freespirit, by Freedom Z, placed 13th at the Bromont 1* as a six-year-old, finishing on her dressage score.  She came 3rd at Southern Pines prelim last spring, 1st at Full Gallop prelim, and 4th at Pine Top prelim, always finishing on her dressage score.

All of the mares from this line have been bold but careful jumpers, hardly ever in their careers having a stop or rail.  The mare line is very very dominant.  We bred June (Freespirit) to Catherston Liberato and have an excellent 3-year-old.

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  1. Oops! La Biosthetique-Sam & Michael Jung won the WEG 2010 individual Gold Medal. Cool Mountain & William Fox-Pitt won individual Silver & Team Gold. Still, this mare’s breeding looks amazing!!

  2. I love this mare. Rode her quite a few times while working with Craig. She has a great disposition and will make a fabulous addition to any program. Congrats Pierre and Denise!

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