Ballylaffin Bracken “Rox”

DSC_9850 - Version 2Ballylaffin Bracken is a 17.3 hand Irish Sport Horse gelding born in 2000 in County Tipperary, Ireland. He is Irish-bred by one of the world’s leading event and show jumping sires Ricardo Z and out of the Irish Sport Horse mare Ballylaffin Florence.

Ballylaffin Bracken was imported from Ireland by Kristin in 2004. Since his arrival, he has successfully competed at international competitions throughout the United States and Canada. In his very first outing in the United States, Ballylaffin Bracken won the Preliminary Division at the Seneca Fall Horse Trial and then placed 3rd in the Young Horse Preliminary Futurity at Plantation Field. He has completed two CIC2*s with top-10 placings and took 5th place at the mandatory Pan Am outing at the Richland Park Horse Trials in Michigan. As an Alternate Team Member for the 2011 Pan-American Games, Ballylaffin Bracken trained with Captain Mark Philips in Ocala, Florida in October of 2011. He was also awarded a 2011 USEF grant to compete at Galway Downs in California where he placed 8th.

In 2012, Rox had another impressive year, placing 6th at the Bromont Canada CCI3*, 15th at the Fair Hill International CCI3* and placing in the top 10 at seven Advanced Horse Trials throughout the year. As a result of this success Ballylaffin Bracken was named the 2012 PRO Tour Series Haygain Horse of the Year! In 2013, Kristin and Rox completed their first CCI4* together, finishing 25th at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. After another successful season, they concluded 2013 in style finishing 5th in a competitive division at the Galway Downs International CCI3*. In 2014 this pair completed their second CCI4* event at Rolex Kentucky, finishing in 20th place! In 2015 Rox had an excellent spring, placing 6th in the Carolina International Advanced and 9th in the Advanced at The Fork. Kristin and Rox went on to complete their third consectuive Rolex Kentucky CCI4*, finishing in 30th place and jumping clean on cross-country! In 2016, Rox finished 3rd in the Intermediate at Pine Top. In 2017, Kristin and Rox started off with a 6th place finish at the Chattahoochee Hills CIC3*. Next, they went on to complete their third trip around Rolex Kentucky CCI4*!

Career Highlights

Ballylaffin Bracken

  • 2017: Ocala Jockey Club CIC3* 14th Place
  • 2017:American Eventing Championships Advanced 14th Place
  • 2017: Millbrook Intermediate 7th Place
  • 2017: Rolex Kentucky CCI4* Complete
  • 2017: Chattahoochee Hills CIC3* 6th Place
  • 2017: Pine Top Intermediate 11th Place
  • 2016: Pine Top Intermediate 3rd Place
  • 2015: Rolex Kentucky CCI4* 30th Place
  • 2015: The Fork Advanced 9th Place
  • 2015: Carolina International Advanced 6th Place
  • 2014: Rolex Kentucky CCI4* 20th Place
  • 2014: The Fork Advanced 10th Place
  • 2013 Galway Downs International CCI3* 6th place
  • 2013: Rolex Kentucky CCI4* 25th Place
  • 2012: PRO Tour Series Haygain Horse of the Year
  • 2012: Bromont Canada CCI3* 6th Place
  • 2012: Fair Hill International CCI3* 15th Place
  • 2012: Finished in the top 10 at seven Advanced Horse Trials
  • 2011: Galway Downs International CCI3* 8th Place
  • 2011: Alternate Team Member Pan-American Games
  • 2011: Mandatory Pan-American Games Outing at Richland Horse Trials 5th Place
  • 2011: Rebecca Farm CCI2* 7th Place
  • 2007: Bromont Canada CCI1* 8th Place
  • 2007: Poplar Place CIC1* 2nd Place
  • 2006: Young Horse Preliminary Futurity at Plantation Field 3rd Place
  • 2006: Seneca Fall Horse Trials Preliminary 1st Place
  • 2005: Won multiple USEA YEH 5 Year Old divisions