Bruce Davidson’s Badminton winner Eagle Lion dies

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Eagle Lion and Bruce Davidson after winning Badminton in 1995.
Eagle Lion and Bruce Davidson after winning Badminton in 1995.

Bruce Davidson’s illustrious eventing horse Eagle Lion died late last month at the age of 27.

The crossbred gelding, by the German-domiciled thoroughbred stallion Gipfel, and out of the Irish Sport Horse mare Stream Lion (by Ideal Water), was bred in Ireland by Patricia Nicholson. He was owned by Dr George Strawberry

Eagle Lion had numerous top placings both nationally and internationally. In 1995, Davidson and Eagle Lion were the first US pair to win the Badminton CCI4*. Between the years 1990 and 1998, Eagle Lion earned 1277 points.

Eagle Lion was immortalized in a statue by artist Jean Clagdett, along with rider Bruce Davidson, at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2007. The sculpture depicts the pair jumping into the Head of the Lake at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

 

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