Flexing, the 12-year-old full sister to top show jumper Flexible, has been sold out of Ireland and will compete next season on the U.S. West Coast circuit. The 16.1-hand bay mare has been purchased by Claudia and Lloyd Thorsrud and is likely to be ridden by Ireland’s Damien Gardiner.
Flexing was bred by Irish show jumper Edward Doyle and his wife, Catherine, who also bred Flexible and his half-brother, the 9-year-old stallion Samgemgee. Flexing and Flexible are by the former top Irish-bred jumper Cruising out of the deceased mare Flex, by the Thoroughbred Safari, while Samgemgee’s sire is the Belgian Warmblood stallion Ramiro B. Flex produced just three foals in her lifetime.
The feisty little stallion Flexible returned from injury to win the $50,000 Grand Prix of Sacramento CSI-W at the fourth annual Sacramento International Horse Show, held Nov. 8-13, while in Ireland Edward rode Samgemgee to place second in the grand prix at the Cavan Indoor International the same weekend.
“We didn’t intend selling her but we got a good offer,” said Edward. “My son Edward had been riding her.” She placed second in a junior grand prix in Reims, France, in May.