Jumping for candy
Stephanie bought Donald with her partner mark barnard as a 4 year old he did some training shows and then had a quiet year as a 5 year old whilst Stephanie had her son Jack.
From October 2018 he started British showjumping and quickly progressed up the levels.
In 2019 he jumped in the hoys working hunter class at the spring breeders show in April and came 6th and won and came reserve champion in the 6year old sports horse class.
At Windsor in May he had a fantastic show he got placed in the sports horse class. Came 6th in the royal international worker qualifier and placed in the 6 year old show jumping class.
He has jumped double clear newcomers foxhunter and 1.25. In July he did his first international young horse show at keysoe where he got placed every day and jumped some fantastic rounds.
He has been successful in the 6 year old qualifiers this year and the aim is to move upto 1.30 level over the winter and get ready for the 7 year olds next year with the young horse championships at lanken.
"He is a real character in the stables and blows raspberries to get your attention"
- Stepanie Holker
About his breeding
Sligo Candy Boy is an outstanding Irish Sports Horse Stallion by Balou de Rouet
The Irish Sports Horse Society describe him during his second stage assessments as “…a very attractive modern sport horse. He has a quality in all paces with a light balanced canter. When jumping he has excellent reflexes, with good bascule. He is very good behind and a little open in front which is understandable for his age (4 years). He shows ample scope and looks very careful, obedient, responsive and willing.” He is certainly a wet made good looking stallion standing in Sligo for Padcraig Howley.
Balou de Rouet, his Sire, is a consistently popular stallion with an excellent temperament and movement with a powerful jump. In 2013, the year of Sligo Candy Boy’s Stallion testing in Ireland, Balou De Rouet was ranked 77 (WBFSH stallion list) in the world and the following year made a meteoric rise to 36th due to the successes of his offspring.