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Pony Show Jumping - Connell Sixth In European Championships

27/ 07/08 LONGFORD's Shane Connell took the best Irish score in the European Individual Show Jumping Championships in Avenches, Switzerland today (Sunday). The 15 year-old rider finished equal sixth overall with Raymond Connell's Irish-bred grey gelding 'Murphy's Flight' on accumulated penalties of 16, while Galway's 16 year-old Jessica Burke piloted another Irish-bred, the mare 'Bean Alaining' into 12th on a score of 20. In 14th place, 15 year-old Emily Turkington from Co. Down rode Shaun Davis's 'Future Interest' with a final tally of 23 penalties. The Pony European Championship Final was won by Britain's George Whitaker with 'The Colour of Money' on a score of just five faults. EVENTERS FINISH FIFTH IN EURO TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS 27/07/08 IRELAND'S Pony Eventers improved by one place on their overnight position when two riders went clear in the show jumping phase today (Sunday), and their final ranking at the European Championships was fifth of ten nations competing.

Grand Prix Show Jumping - Swail Back In The Game With Tattersall's Win

27/07/08 AN INJURY put Co. Down's Conor Swail out of action for a good deal of this year, but he returned to winning form at the two-star international show in Tattersall's, Co. Meath with a Grand Prix win on Glen Leddy's 'Gold Digger' this afternoon (Sunday). The 36 year-old rider was overjoyed with his victory and said afterwards: "This puts me back in the game as far as the Premier Series league is concerned. This is the eighth leg but as far as I can see it's all to play for now. I'm a happy man today." Swail, who is marrying his American fianceé Chrissie Kerrigan in November, will no doubt hope to improve upon his current seventh place in the league over the next two rounds in August - at South County Dublin, and at the Millstreet final, where points-and-a-half will be available to placed riders. Twenty year-old Benny Kuehnle returned from Prague's European Young Rider Jumping Championships, where he finished 11th, to take the runner-up spot in Meath today on 'Brigade CS', while Trevor Breen cemented his pole position in the Citroen ShowJumpingIreland Premier Series with a third place on James Costigan's 'Always Cullohill', an exact repeat of his performance at the last Premier Series outing in Balmoral two weeks ago.

Grand Prix Show Jumping - Swail Back In The Game With Tattersall's Win

27/07/08 AN INJURY put Co. Down's Conor Swail out of action for a good deal of this year, but he returned to winning form at the two-star international show in Tattersall's, Co. Meath with a Grand Prix win on Glen Leddy's 'Gold Digger' this afternoon (Sunday). The 36 year-old rider was overjoyed with his victory and said afterwards: "This puts me back in the game as far as the Premier Series league is concerned. This is the eighth leg but as far as I can see it's all to play for now. I'm a happy man today." Swail, who is marrying his American fianceé Chrissie Kerrigan in November, will no doubt hope to improve upon his current seventh place in the league over the next two rounds in August - at South County Dublin, and at the Millstreet final, where points-and-a-half will be available to placed riders. Twenty year-old Benny Kuehnle returned from Prague's European Young Rider Jumping Championships, where he finished 11th, to take the runner-up spot in Meath today on 'Brigade CS', while Trevor Breen cemented his pole position in the Citroen ShowJumpingIreland Premier Series with a third place on James Costigan's 'Always Cullohill', an exact repeat of his performance at the last Premier Series outing in Balmoral two weeks ago.

International Show Jumping At Tattersall's This Weekend

26/07/08 THE Ward Union International Horse Show runs at Tattersall's in Co. Meath this weekend, finishing on Sunday with a 20,000 euro Grand Prix. National and international show jumping classes will run side-by-side, and this evening (Saturday) there will be a Speed Derby open to all comers, and pitting international show jumpers against a variety of equestrian opposition, including hunt members and the jockey Paul Carberry. After the 20,000 euro Ward Union Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon a novelty event will feature Diarmuid's Pony Kids (as seen on tv) lining up with a celebrity rider to compete in a one-off event. Each Pony Kid will be paired with a personality like Ruby Walsh, Paul Carberry, an international Army rider, a GAA star and the earlier Grand Prix winner. The fastest combined time will win the class. Sunday at Tattersall's will also see a qualifying competition for the famous Hunt Chase Final, to be held at the Failte Ireland Dublin Horse Show in August. The Tattersall's show has been ranked as a CSI Two-Star by the world governing body, the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale).

Show Jumping - Hughes Third, O'connor Ninth At Hickstead

26/07/08 KILKENNY-born Marion Hughes registered the best Irish score in the Longines Classic at Hickstead, England today (Saturday). Riding Anne Hughes and Miguel Bravo's 13 year-old Irish-bred bay gelding 'Heritage Transmission', Hughes took third place in a competition that let only two riders through to the jump-off, a single time fault denying her the chance to challenge for the trophy. Belgium's Patrick Spits took first place after a jump-off in which the only other contender, Britain's William Funnell, was eliminated. Meath's Cian O'Connor slotted another Irish-bred, the mare 'Irish Independent Echo Beach', into ninth place on five faults.

Pony Euro Championships - Live Update Show Jumping Nations Cup

25/07/08 PONY NATIONS CUP UPDATE At end of First Round, Ireland share lead on four faults with Denmark and Belgium. 1st round: Shane Connell; MURPHY'S FLIGHT (ISH) 0 Richard Howley; OUR FOREMAN (ISH) 4 Emily Turkington; FUTURE INTEREST (ISH) 4 Jessica Burke; BEAN ALAINING (ISH) 0 2nd round: Shane Connell; MURPHY'S FLIGHT (ISH) 4 Richard Howley; OUR FOREMAN (ISH) 26 Emily Turkington; FUTURE INTEREST (ISH) 5 Jessica Burke; BEAN ALAINING (ISH) 8 Team Total 21 faults FINAL RESULT 1) GT. BRITAIN 9 faults 2) NETHERLANDS 15 faults =3) GERMANY, DENMARK 16 faults (Jump-Off for Bronze) 6) IRELAND 21 faults 13 nations competed

Show Jumping - Super League Hickstead Live Scores Today

25/07/08 SAMSUNG Super League Nations' Cup - 6th Round in Hickstead, England Ireland are drawn 6th of 8 teams to jump. From approximately 2.30pm, instant updates on Irish Riders' scores will be available here 1st round: Eddie Macken; First Tedechine Sept 10 Cian O'Connor; Rancorrado 4 Capt. David O'Brien; Mo Chroi (ISH) 8 Denis Lynch; Nabab's Son 9 At the end of Round 1, Ireland was in joint 5th place with Netherlands on 21 faults. Britain led with 8 faults. 2nd round: Eddie Macken; First Tedechine Sept 4 Cian O'Connor; Rancorrado 4 Capt. David O'Brien; Mo Chroi (ISH) 8 Denis Lynch; Nabab's Son 4 Team Total 33 faults FINAL SCORE 1) GERMANY 24 =2) SWEDEN 28 =2) GT. BRITAIN 28 4) SWITZERLAND 32 5) IRELAND 33 6) BELGIUM 35 7) NETHERLANDS 41 8) USA 61

Show Jumping - Ireland Finish Fifth In Hickstead Nations' Cup

25/07/08 IN ONE of the most closely fought Nations' Cups of the 2008 Super League Series, Ireland finished in fifth place at Hickstead, England today (Friday). With 33 faults on the card Ireland were just nine points shy of winners Germany, who finished on 24 faults, with Sweden and Britain sharing second place on 28 penalties. Afterwards Irish Team Manager Robert Splaine said: "I suppose our final place wasn't all that bad, but I still don't think our performance was good enough. We are capable of much better. It was a very high-scoring competition on a difficult course, and the fact that 24 faults won the cup gives some indication of the problems the riders faced out there." Meath's Cian O'Connor was best of the Irish with his new horse 'Rancorrado' making its debut at Super League level, and dropping just one fence in each round. Capt. David O'Brien had eight faults in each round with the Irish-bred 'Mo Chroi', while Denis Lynch - with his Olympic horse in quarantine - had nine faults in the first round with 'Nabab's Son', but recovered well second time out to leave just one pole on the ground.

Show Jumping - Kurten Wins 20,000 Euro At Spanish Grand Prix

25/07/08 IRELAND'S Jessica Kurten won her first Grand Prix since returning from a five week suspension at Gijon, Spain tonight (Friday), and took home 22,500 euro as the winner's prize. The 38 year-old German-based rider, who had been suspended by the world governing body, the FEI, over a medication issue, piloted Lady Georgina Forbes's mare 'Castle Forbes Libertina', and recorded the only double clear round of the competition, with French runner-up Penelope Leprovost dropping a single pole in the final round. Earlier today at Gijon, Kurten took a sixth place with Lady Moira Forbes's gelding 'Jipey Dark' in the Accumulator competition, which was won by France's Michel Hecart and the Irish-bred gelding 'That's Life'.

Curragh Equine Education Day Confirmed For September

24/07/08 THE Curragh Racecourse will stage its annual Equine Education Race Day on Tuesday 30th September. A variety of speakers representing various sectors of the Thoroughbred & Sport Horse Industry will make presentations in the morning, while participants will be able to stay on for a full program of racing during the afternoon. Admission is FREE and complimentary refreshments will be served. Please contact Evan Arkwright or Eimear O'Reilly at the Curragh for further information tel 045 441205 email eoreilly@curragh.ie

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