Competition Horses

Main Photo Cooley All Out

Cooley All Out “Aoife”

2009 / 15.3 hh ISH Mare
Sire: Ramiro B / Dam: Poulanna
Princess
Owner: Plain Dealing Farm Eventing

Imported in 2014 from Ireland, Aoife was purchased from Richard Sheane of Cooley Sporthorses where she had been campaigned to the Training level as well as competing in the Dublin Horse Show with Aoife Leggit. Calling Aoife spicy is an understatement but luckily her talent makes all her quirks easier to put up with. Aoife is one of the cattiest, cleverest horses we’ve ever met and theres nobody safer to set out on Cross Country with. Benita has forged a real partnership with her and they've had great success moving up the levels.  Aoife has all it takes to take Benita to the top levels of the sport.

Career Highlights

  • 10th Place, Virginia Horse Trials CCI2* November 2016
  • Top 20 Finish, Morven Park CIC2*, October 2016
  • Top 20 Finish, American Eventing Championships Preliminary Horse, September 2016
  • 5th Place, Carolina International Intermediate, March 2016
Main-Photo-Galway-Bay-Cooley2

Galway Bay Cooley “Colin”

2007 / 16.3 hh ISH Gelding
Sire: Dario / Dam: Quality Cruise
Owner: Plain Dealing Farm Eventing

Colin was imported from Ireland in 2012 during our very first horse sourcing trip with Richard Sheane of Cooley Sporthorses. He may be big, red and very weird but Colin is  incredibly talented and a favorite in the barn. Colin is a lovely mover with an effortless jump, he’s been produced slowly but shows so much promise and will surely make it to the upper levels of the sport.

Career Highlights

  • 5th Place, Red Hills International Intermediate , March 2017
  • 12th Place, Morven Park CIC2* , October 2015
  • 6th Place, Richland Park HT CIC2 , August 2015
  • 6th Place, Millbrook Intermediate, August 2015
  • 10th Place, Bromont Canada , June 2014
JMF Master Cooley4

JMF Master Cooley “Cedric”

2009 / 16.2 hh ISH Gelding
Sire: Master Imp / Dam: Tuamgraney Diamond
Owner: Plain Dealing Farm Eventing and Robert Strini

Cedric was imported from Ireland through Cooley Sporthorses and is sired by Master Imp, one of the highest ranking stallions for producing upper level eventing progeny. He is extremely intelligent and loves to compete- he never tries hard until he's in the competition arena and then he really turns it on. His spirit animal is a “Marshmallow Peep Sports Car,” he prefers cool weather and you should never pick a fight with him because you will lose. Cedric has all the talent and breeding to be a top class competitor in the sport of cross country,  but until that exists he’s happy to excel in eventing.

Career Highlights

  • 3rd Place, Horse Park of New Jersey CIC2*, July 2016
  • 10th Place, The Fork Intermediate, April 2016
  • 4th Place, Plantation Field International CIC1* , September 2015
Main Photo A Real Cooley

A Real Cooley “Theo”

2009 / 16.2 hh ISH Gelding
Sire: Master Imp / Dam: Tuamgraney Diamond
Owner: Plain Dealing Farm Eventing and Robert Strini

Cedric was imported from Ireland through Cooley Sporthorses and is sired by Master Imp, one of the highest ranking stallions for producing upper level eventing progeny. He is extremely intelligent and loves to compete- he never tries hard until he's in the competition arena and then he really turns it on. His spirit animal is a “Marshmallow Peep Sports Car,” he prefers cool weather and you should never pick a fight with him because you will lose. Cedric has all the talent and breeding to be a top class competitor in the sport of cross country,  but until that exists he’s happy to excel in eventing.

Career Highlights

  • 12th Place, The Fork CIC1*, April 2017
  • 4th Place, Red Hills International CIC1*, March 2017
  • 2nd Place, Three Lakes Preliminary , February 2017
  • 4th Place, Virginia Horse Trials Area 2 Championships Training Level, November 2016
MTF Cooley Classic main photo

MTF Cooley Classic “Clark”

2010 / 17.0 hh ISH Gelding
Sire: Ars Vivendi / Dam: Josephines Fancy
Owner: Lucia Strini and Plain Dealing Farm Eventing

I wasn’t actually looking for a horse but when Connor Husain called and mentioned that Clark was for sale I lept at the opportunity. Clark was imported from Cooley Sporthorses by Connor and Morningside Training Farm and PDF Eventing purchased him in May of 2016 after he’d competed to the Training level. Clark is a big guy with tons of scope and talent, he’s one of the boldest cross country horses I’ve sat on and has been a joy to work with. He’s made the move from Training to 2* in the year that I’ve had him and we are all very excited for his future.

Career Highlights

  • Top 20 Finish, Jersey Fresh International CIC2*, May 2017
  • 9th Place, The Fork CIC2*, April 2017
  • 10th Place, Carolina International CIC1*, March 2017
  • 3rd Place, Virginia Horse Trials CCI1*, November 2016
  • 3rd Place, American Eventing Championships Training, September 2016
  • 1st Place, Middleburg Training, June 2016
Main Photo Cooley For Keeps

Cooley For Keeps “Dawson”

2012 / 16.1 hh ISH Gelding
Sire: Pacino / Dam: America
Owner: Benita Strini and Plain Dealing Farm Eventing

Dawson was imported from Cooley Sporthorses in the Fall of 2016 as a green 4 year old with some Jumper experience. He’s a flashy, devilishly handsome boy who has the jump and movement to go all the way. Benita is bringing Dawson up the levels and he’s such an exciting prospect for PDF Eventing.

Main Photo Cooley Courageous

Cooley Courageous “James” 

2013 / 15.2 hh ISH Gelding
Sire: Emerald Van’t Ruytershof / Dam: Cullen Aphila 
Owner:  Benita Strini and Plain Dealing Farm Eventing

Another import from Cooley Sporthorses, James joined PDF Eventing in the summer of 2017. He’s got a big personality stuffed into a tiny package and some serious hops. Prior to coming to Richard’s yard he competed in the 3 and 4 year old Jumper divisions at the Dublin International Horse Show. He is a newcomer to the Eventing scene but has all the makings of being an impressive contender in the future. 

Main Photo Float On

Float On “Chloe”

2011/ 16.1hh KWPN Mare
Sire: Baltic VDL / Dam: Perlaine
Owner: Plain Dealing Farm Eventing

Chloe is the newest member to Plain Dealing Farm and was purchased from Karl Slezak eventing who imported her in early 2017 from Fernhill Sporthorses. She competed in the 5-year-old Jumper classes in France as well as to the Training level with Karl in Florida. Chloe loves her job and gets up every day ready to work. She’s a fierce competitor with a fantastic jump who is just as pretty as she is talented. She is a lovely mare to have in the barn and Benita and I have high hopes for her.

Donna del Lago _Plum_

Donna del Lago “Plum”

2013 / 16.2hh BWB Mare
Sire: Damsey (Hannoverian)  / Dam: Wishing (BWB)
Owner: Linda Wachtmeister

Plum  came to Plain Dealing Farm from England where she was bred by Linda’s half sister Bunny Adair. She has really been a pleasant surprise! Bunny decided to close down her breeding operation in Europe and asked if we would like to have the then 2 year old Plum.  We agreed and she arrived as a long-legged, awkward looking filly. She has really blossomed in the past couple years and is turning into a very special horse who is showing plenty of talent. Everyone is very excited to see what Plum turns into as she matures!