Kirby Park Irish Jester the silver child of Kirby Park. Jester was one of the first foals to be bred at Kirby Park. He was by ESB Irish Enough (Irish sport horse) out of Kirby Park Yellow Empress (Thoroughbred) one of the carefully selected brood mares used to start the breeding program at KP.
He started his eventing career as a six year old quickly progressing to the 3* ranks by the time he was eight and a half. His results and achievements are legendary. Some of his biggest achievements include winning Melbourne international twice in 2005 and 2008. Winning Adelaide International in 2005. winning a team bronze medal at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen. The ultimate prize was being selected on the Australian Team at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and winning the team silver medal and just narrowly missing out on an individual medal, Megan and Jester were the highest placed Australian combination at the games, finishing 3rd over all in the eventing competition and going on to jump for an individual medal knocking down the last rail and finishing in 4th spot just out of the individual medals. Jester finished the 2008 eventing season as the worlds best eventing horse, being ranked number 1 on the FEI world rankings table.
After all that he is still Mr Nice Guy, always doing his best to please, still thinking he is Harry Potter with that scar on his face and trying to keep the magic going. He is now brought out for special occasions and still turning on the magic, winning both World Cup qualifiers in 2009. One in New Zealand and one in Sydney both won by over 9 penalties. He was to go to Poland for the final but it would have meant 3 months in quarantine coming out of Poland. So Megan opted to take him to Australian International Three Day Event instead where he came 3rd, after wining the dressage by 9 penalties.
Festy is now happy and retired enjoying the best paddock overlooking everyone and everything including the 3 arenas! He is still stabled everynight, equissage twice a day, shod, washed, groomed everything a top class competition horse has, except the competition.
Festy thank you for making my little girl dreams come true. Thank you all the happy highs and the teary lows.
I owe everything to you. You took me on a journey that so few get the chance to take. Enjoy your retirment, your trips to the beach for fun, your morning neck scratches and kisses and the love that will continue to be poured all over you.
Festy you are the God Father of Kirby Park!!