Mountain Firefly, the reigning Cuddy Supreme In-Hand Champion at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS), has died of a complicated colic at the age of nine.

Jack Cochrane, who inherited the mare after the death of her breeder, the late Ann Vos, in 2005, said: “I’m devastated.”

The mare, by Primitive Rising out of Fire Mountain, was also supreme at the 2007 National Hunter Show and her Catherston Dazzler foal, Firebrand, won both his classes.

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (6 March, ’08)