Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Wednesday 3rd May - Sunday 7th May, 2017 #MMBHT

Michael Ryan

  • 9 - Ballylynch Adventure


Irish rider Michael Ryan (40), from Co Cork has completed Badminton six times and last year with Ballynch Adventure gained his best placing to date. The pair represented Ireland at last year’s European Championships and the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Michael is married to international eventer Patricia Ryan, also entered for Badminton and together they run Donegan Ryan Eventing.

While Patricia found eventing through the Pony Club Michael, who is originally from Limerick, was introduced through hunting with the Scarteen. In 2009 the couple gained a one-two victory in the World Cup qualifier at Tattersalls with Patricia and Fernhill Clover Mist, taking poll position and both represented Ireland at the European Championships that year.

Michael is known for his partnership with Old Road who was retired in 2012 aged 18. Together the pair was an Irish team stalwart since first representing Ireland at the European Championships in Punchestown (2003). With Old Road Michael represented Ireland at three European Championships and one World Equestrian Games and completed Badminton four-times. In 2010 Michael was selected for the WEG with Ballylynch Adventure but had to withdraw due to a horse injury and his place was taken by Geoff Curran and The Jump Jet.

Outside of eventing Michael enjoys running and watching movies.


Ballylynch Adventure is a 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. He was bred at the Williamstown Stud and is by the Irish-based Belgian Sport Horse Don Juan de la Bouverie out of a mare by the thoroughbred Standaan. He was originally ridden by Michael’s wife Patricia before Michael took the ride.


Dunlough Striker is an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding – at 17.2hh one of the tallest in the field. He is by Maltstriker (also the sire of four-star horse Neelix) out of a mare by the thoroughbred Beau Royal. He was acquired from Robbie and Victoria Collins in 2014 and was formerly competed to three-star by Robbie.



Ballylynch Adventure

ISH, Ireland, 2000
16.2hh, chestnut, gelding

Sire Don Juan De La Bouviere

Dam Stanman Girl (Standaan)

Breeder John Hughes

Owner(s): Tom & Carol Henry, Co. Cork, Ireland.

Notable Results

2015 – Blenheim CCI3* 43rd Dunlough Striker

2015 – Blair Castle CH-EU-3* 14th Ballylynch Adventure

2015 – Aachen CICO3* 22nd Dunlough Striker

2015 – Ballindenisk (1) 3rd Dunlough Striker

2014 – Burghley CCI4* 16th Ballylynch Adventure

2014 – Hartpury CIC3* 22nd Ballylynch Adventure

2014 – Bramham CCI3* 18th Ballylynch Adventure

2013 – Tattersalls CIC3* 5th Ballylynch Adventure

2012 – London OG El Ballylynch Adventure

2012 – Tattersalls CIC3* 9th Ballylynch Adventure

2012 – Ballindenisk CIC3* 2nd Old Road, 8th Ballylynch Adventure

2011 – Ballindenisk CCI3* 5th Bally Lynchskysport

2010 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 17th Ballylynch Adventure

2009 – Boekelo CCI3* 29th Ballylynch Adventure

2009 – Blenheim CCI3* 18th Ballylynch Adventure

2009 – Fontainebleau EU-Ch 27thOld Road

2006 – Aachen WEG 50th Old Road

2005 – Blenheim EU Ch 34th Old Road

2003 – Punchestown EU CH 27th Old Road



2015 – 9th Ballylynch Adventure

2013 – 63rd Ballylynch Skysport

2011 – 45th Old Road

2010 – 43rd Old Road

2008 – 34th Old Road

2006 – 33rd Old Road