Show Jumping - Breen Wins British Speed Derby, Smyth Third

28/06/08 TIPPERARY-born Shane Breen chalked up Ireland's first victory at the weekend Derby Meeting in Hickstead, England, this afternoon (Saturday). The 34 year-old British-based rider rode Carmel Ryan's Irish-bred bay stallion 'Royal Concorde' into first place in the Speed Derby, a notable seven seconds ahead of Belgian runner-up Nick Motmans. Not far behind in third was Tyrone's Peter Smyth on 'Hygie de Golf', while Irish dominance of the class was further bolstered by Donegal-based Ronan McLaughlin slotting his mare 'Illinoise de Cabdula' into fourth place. And in case any doubt remained of Ireland's presence at the Derby meeting, Galway's Olive Clarke and 'Butlers Pantry Paradise G' accounted for sixth position on the score sheet. Hickstead's feature class of the weekend, the DFS Derby, takes place on Sunday.

Show Jumping - Lynch Fourth In Monte Carlo Grand Prix, Tops Gct Rankings

28/06/08 TWO FENCES down under floodlights at Monte Carlo tonight (Saturday) denied Ireland's Denis Lynch a Grand Prix win with his second-string horse, Flaminia Straumann's 'Nabab's Son'. Through on a zero score to a four-horse jump-off with the ten year-old bay gelding, the Tipperary-born Lynch went for broke with what turned out to be the fastest round, but paid the penalty with eight jumping faults. The USA's Richard Spooner and 'Cristallo' claimed the winner's prize of 100,000 euro while Lynch was compensated with 23,000 euro for his fourth place. More importantly, tonight's result gave the Irish rider vital Global Champions' Tour points and levered him into first place in the rankings on a score of 47.

Show Jumping Legend Eddie Macken Back On Irish Team For Hickstead

27/06/08 HORSE Sport Ireland's Show Jumping Team Manager Robert Splaine this morning (Friday) confirmed that he has selected Eddie Macken for the Irish squad that will compete in the Samsung Super League round at Hickstead, England on July 25. Macken, who has been based in Canada for some years, returns to the Irish team after a decade's absence. The Longford-born show jumper, who is now 59, has recently produced a series of very good results with his horse 'Tedechine Sept', and Irish Team Manager Robert Splaine said today that while Eddie was a legend in Irish show jumping he was being selected on current form. “Even though Eddie's horse had good consistent form this year it was his most recent good result in the $200,000 Grand Prix in Spruce Meadows in Calgary on June 7th that brought me to this decision, ” he said. “Eddie has always shown tremendous commitment to the Irish team and he is really looking forward to being involved. ” Speaking from Spruce Meadows in Canada last night (Thursday) Eddie Macken said "I am delighted to have the chance to be on an Irish team again. The reality is that past achievements count for nothing in the ring but the horse is going very well and if she travels over well I am confident we can make a contribution. ”

Breeding - Ish Showjumping Series At Kennedy's

27/06/08 THE FIFTH leg in the Irish Sport Horse Showjumping Series 2008 took place at Kennedy's Dohyle House Stud Show, which ran from 20th to 21st June. There was €10,000 in prize money on offer, as well as €800 in breeders' prizes. It was Eddie Moloney's weekend after he was victorious in both of Saturday's finals, with his own horse You Two Norma (ISH) in the 5 Year Old Final and with John McDonald's Chatsworths Top Quality (ISH) in the 6/7 Year Old Final. Thanks to all those involved in the Kennedy's Dohyle House Stud Show for all their help with this leg of the series. The next leg will take place at Omagh Show, which runs from 4th to 5th July. Full results, breeding information and league standings are detailed below.

Showing - Pony Champion Of Champions

27/06/08 EARLIER this year, Horse Sport Ireland, in conjunction with the Irish Pony Society, were delighted to announce a new initiative, the 'Pony Champion of Champions'. The aim of these classes is to support our pony breeders by offering them the opportunity to showcase their youngstock at shows throughout the country. The 'Pony Champion of Champions' will be sponsored by Horse Sport Ireland and run under the auspices of the Irish Pony Society and in conjunction with the Irish Shows Association. There will be 12 qualifiers held, throughout the 32 counties, leading to a final. A total prize fund of €5,000 is on offer for this championship. 12 qualifiers will be held throughout the country at the following venues (3 per province): ~ Claremorris Agricultural Show – 25th May 2008 ~ Kenmare Agricultural Show – 01st June 2008 ~ Ballymoney Agricultural Show – 06th June 2008 ~ Armagh Agricultural Show – 14th June 2008 ~ Cork Summer Show – 22nd June 2008 ~ Enniscorthy Agricultural Show – 28th June 2008 ~ Charleville Agricultural Show – 28th June 2008 ~ Athlone Agricultural Show – 29th June 2008 ~ Bannow & Rathangan Agricultural Show – 10th July 2008 ~ Wicklow In-Hand Show – 12th July 2008 ~ Sligo Agricultural Show – 19th July 2008 ~ Clogher Valley Agricultural Show – 30th July 2008 The final will be held at the Irish Pony Society Championship Show at Cavan Equestrian Centre, which runs from 2nd to 3rd August 2008. The 'Horse Sport Ireland Pony Champion of Champions' final will take place on the evening of 2nd August. Results from the first four qualifiers are detailed below.

Show Jumping - European Junior And Young Rider Squads Named

27/06/08 HORSE Sport Ireland today (Friday) announced the names of the squads of Junior and Young Riders who will compete for Ireland at the European Show Jumping Championships in Prague on July 16-20. Following a training day at Coilog Equestrian Centre in Kildare yesterday (Thursday) Horse Sport Ireland junior and young rider Show Jumping High Performance Coach Comdt. John Ledingham, released the following names for the squads in alphabetical order: JUNIOR EUROPEAN SQUAD BLAKE, DAVID; KILLARD HORIZON DRAIN, CONOR; FINE FILLY and SHANROE SPIRIT HIGGINS, JOHN; FLAMING STAR MCPARLAND, DECLAN; CORD A LOU O'CONNOR, KELLY; DOC HOLIDAY Non Travelling Reserve HARRISON, ROBERT; FRITAG 18

Show Jumping - Irish Place Well At Hickstead Opening Day

26/06/08 IRISH riders failed to take any trophies at the opening day (Thursday) of the Hickstead Derby Meeting, England, but made up for it by sheer weight of top ten finishers. Shane Breen took second place in the Speed Derby Qualifier with Carmel Ryan's Irish-bred stallion 'Royal Concorde', finishing less than half a second behind Britain's Ben Maher. But from fifth place down to 10th, the Irish filled all the slots, headed by Strabane's Peter Smyth with 'Hygie de Golf', and including in descending order Trevor Breen with 'Athea Clover Mist', Ronan McLaughlin on 'Illinoise de Cabdula', Trevor Breen and 'Adventure de Kannon', Mark Flynn with 'Highlander' and Olive Clarke on 'Butler's Pantry Paradise G'.

Breeding - Ireland Sixth In Superleague At Rotterdam

24/06/08 IRELAND finished sixth in the Superleague Nations Cup at Rotterdam CSIO 5* last week. The team included two Irish Sport Horses, River Foyle (ISH) & Captain Shane Carey (Irl) and Mo Chroi (ISH) & Captain David O'Brien (Irl). In Drammen, Ireland finished fourth in the 4* Nations Cup, with Cavinem (ISH) & Anthony Condon (Irl) and Cruise With Me (ISH) & David Simpson being included on the team. At the same show, Cruise With Me (ISH) and David Simpson (Irl) finished in a very impressive second place in the Drammen Grand Prix, taking home their share of the €20,000 prize fund. Marion Hughes (Irl) also enjoyed Grand Prix success when she finished second in the Vilamoura Grand Prix class with Heritage Transmission (ISH), which boasted a prize fund of €69,000. In the same class, Harry Marshall (Irl) and Mandarin Smoke (ISH) finished in ninth place, also taking home a share of the prize money.

Show Jumping - Simpson Second In Norway Grand Prix

22/06/08 IRELAND'S David Simpson was just a time fault away from forcing a jump-off in this afternoon's (Sunday) Grand Prix Of Norway at Drammen. On board the grey Cruising mare 'Cruise With Me', Simpson cleared all the Grand Prix fences faultlessly, but a time fault denied him a head-to-head jump-off with local favourite Tony Andre Hansen, who went one better on 'Camiro 19' with a fault-free round inside the allotted time. Norway's Oien Christian Anfinnsen was the only other rider to leave all fences standing, but, like Simpson, incurred one time fault and had to settle for third with a slower time.

Grand Prix Show Jumping - Keane The Sharpest At West Clare

22/06/08 Tholm Keane put himself very much back into the reckoning in the Showjumpingireland National Grand Prix League by taking the latest round at West Clare today (Sunday) on board Redmills Warrenstown You 2. It took a sterling effort by the organisers to ensure that the event went ahead after overnight wind and rain damaged many of the fixtures. By start time the conditions had improved, and the hilly location helped drain the water away. With the course marvelously restored and the sun shining through, the startlist of 29 had just the wind to contend with as they tackled James Tarrant's course, with 15 making it through to the jump-off.

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