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April 21, 2011

Sinead Halpin

Sinead Halpin and Manoir de Carneville. Photo by Kat Netzler.

Stats: age 29, Gladstone, N.J.

Manoir de Carneville: ch. g., 16.3 hands, 11 years, French-bred Selle Français (Gaub—Carneville, Matador Du Bois), owned by Carraig LLC.

In 2008, they were third at the Fair Hill CCI** (Md.). In 2009, they were fifth at the Fair Hill CCI*** (Md.), fifth at the Wits End CIC*** (Ont.) and second at the Plantation Field CIC*** (Pa.). Last year, they were 21st at the Boekelo CCI*** (the Netherlands). This spring, they won a division of advanced at Southern Pines II (N.C.).

Jimmy's Prediction: The lightbulbs in Sinead’s chandelier are finally starting to turn on. She is riding better than I have ever seen her ride, and this partnership should definitely finish on their dressage score. I award an imaginary trophy every year to the highest-placed newcomer at Rolex, the “Whodat Trophy.” This year, I predict that Sinead and Manoir De Carneville will fight their way into the top 10 and win the 2011 “Whodat” award.

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