Irish event rider Sam Watson tells H&H about the home-bred eventer who loves wet going.

Fact file

Age: 13

Name: Horseware Bushman

Stable name: George

Height: 16.2hh

Breeders: John & Julia Watson

Owners: yes please!

Rider: Sam Watson

Groom: Hannah “Sparkles” Bailey, Sam’s fianc ©e

Top results: 3rd Barbury CIC*** 2009, 13th Badminton CCI**** 2010, 1st Hopetoun CIC*** 2011

Four things you didn’t know…

1 Although a smashing-looking foal, Bushman didn’t look much as a youngster and the Watsons failed to get even £5,000 for him at the end of his six-year-old season.

2 He has crossed the Irish Sea more than 20 times.

3 Bushman is consistent: he has picked up 5.2 time-penalties at all three major championships – Fontainebleau, the World Games and Luhm ¼hlen.

4 He didn’t win an event in the UK until 2011, when he won three in a row – Tweseldown open intermediate, Aston-le-Walls advanced and the CIC*** at Hopetoun.

To read the full interview with Sam Watson about Horseware Bushman see the 7 June issue of H&H

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