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Denis Lynch’s All Star 5 retires from the sport

Friday, 04 January 2019

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. Denis Lynch with All Star 5. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

After a long and successful career, Denis Lynch’s All Star 5 (Argentinus x Alme) will be retired from the sport. The 16-year-old bay stallion started his international career with Lynch in 2011, coming 3rd in his first 1.50m. Since then, All Star 5 has won and been placed in a number of major five-star classes all over the world – the World Cup of La Coruña and Bordeaux in 2017, the LGCT Grand Prix of London in 2017, the Grand Prix of Treffen in 2017, the World Cup in Madrid, Mechelen, Lyon and Zürich in 2016 and the LGCT of Cannes in 2016 just being a few examples. All Star 5 also finished 9th at World Equestrian Games in 2014, jumped at two European Championships and four World Cup Finals.

With the support of his owner, Mr. Thomas Straumann, All Star 5 was a mainstay of the Irish team with the pinnacle being the European Championship team gold medal for Ireland in 2017. 

In an official statement, Lynch says: “It’s with a little sadness to officially announce All Star’s retirement. However, it has been a great privilege to have been able to ride All Star over the last number of years. He has been such a stalwart for me and a brilliant, consistent producer of performances over the years. He is the ultimate competitor and it often seemed that the bigger the occasion, the more competitive he became. He will be a big loss to my stable but he has more than paid his dues over the years. Beautiful big jumpers like "Simba" don’t come along very often and I am so grateful to have had the chance to ride him and am extremely grateful, as always, to Mr. Straumann for his support. However, I take a lot of comfort that his retirement was carefully planned with Mr. Straumann and I'm delighted that he has retired at the top which is no less than he deserves. He has been in unofficial retirement for the last number of months and is in absolutely fantastic condition. He has gone to stud in Paul Schockemöhle’s yard in Germany, which is world renowned. I have no doubt he will have an equally successful breeding career and both my daughter, Sarah, who was often his unofficial groom, and I will miss our gentle giant greatly".


Source: Official statement from Denis Lynch

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson

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