Irish rider Sarah Ennis (41) is a professional rider based in Dunboyne, Co. Meath, Ireland where she runs Stellor Sport Horses. She has competed at Badminton twice, both times with Sugar Brown Babe with who she was a member of the Irish team for the 2014 WEG and the 2013 European Championships in Malmo.
Sarah and her four sisters all rode as children – four of them now compete and her sister Nicola has competed in world Cup – influenced by their mother, a keen rider. Her first memory is of riding her sister’s Shetland pony Christopher. She progressed through the Ward Union and Howth pony clubs and the Irish Pony Society. She competed in pure dressage and at the age of 15 was awarded her first Bronze Saddle. Aged 18 she began eventing and in 1996 was selected for the European Young Rider Squad.
In 2012 she won the three-star at Ballindenisk with BLM Diamond Delux and at the end of a successful year was the highest ranked Irish rider in the HSBC word rankings.
Sarah who trains with Ian Fearron and Ian Woodhead (dressage) is also a keen sailor and diver and is qualified to Dive Master level.
She is married to Niki Potterton and the couple has a son James (6).
BLM Diamond Delux is a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. Bred by Kate Murphy of the Belmont Stud, he is by the jumping sire Olympic Lux (sire of Badminton entry Coolys Luxury) out of a mare by the thoroughbred Young Convinced (sire of four-star horse Major Milestone). He was acquired from the breeder as a four-year-old. In 2012 he won the CCI3* at Ballindenisk and in 2013 was fourth at Tattersalls CCI3. This will be his first four-star. As well as eventing Diamond Delux competes in showjumping and has several placings in 1.40 national grand prix.
BLM Diamond Delux
16.3hh, bay, gelding
Sire Olympic Lux
Dam BM Diamond (Young Convinced)
Breeder Mrs. Kate Murphy