Custom Made and David O’Connor at the Kentucky Three-Day Event. Photo by Brant Gamma

Irish Sport Horse

Dark Bay Gelding

Foaled May 26, 1985 in Ireland

Died October 2, 2019 in The Plains, Virginia

Barn Name: Tailor

By Bassompierre, out of Purple Heather by Ben Purple

Owner: Xandarius, LLC (Joseph P. Zada)

Breeder: Kitty Horgan and Elizabeth O’Flynn

Rider: David O’Connor

Retired in 2004 at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event

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Inducted into the Eventing Hall of Fame in 2009

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1st Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI *** (1995)
2nd Morven Park Spring HT (Advanced) (1995)
3rd Southern Pines HT OI (1995)
3rd Pint Top Farms HT OI (1995)
4th Beaulieu North American Classic HT (Advanced
3rd Badminton Three-Day Event CCI **** (1996)
3rd Sharpton Winter HT OI (1996)
5th Morven Park Spring HT (1996)
5th individually, Olympic Games in Atlanta (1996)
1st Badminton Three-Day Event CCI **** (1997)
4th Morven Park Spring HT (1997)

4th Blenheim Three-Day Event CCI *** (1999)

5th Sharpton Winter III One Day HT AI (2000)

6th Kentucky Three-day Event CCI **** (2000)
Individual gold, Olympic Games at Sydney (2000)

2nd Middleburg HT OI (2001)

3rd Kentucky Three-day Event CCI **** (2001)

4th Morven Park Three-day Event (Advanced) (2001)

1st Fair Hill International Three-day Event CCI *** (2002)

1st Over The Walls HT (Advanced) (2002)

2nd Groton House Farm II Open HT (Advanced) (2002)

2nd Poplar Place HT (Advanced) (2002)

3rd Red Hills HT (Advanced) (2002)


The Olympic sport of eventing is best described as an equestrian triathlon. The sport originated as a cavalry test and is comprised of three phases: dressage, cross country, and show jumping.

Posthumously Inducted into Hall of Champions

December 2023

Da Hoss in front of Hall of Champions Barn