Team Ireland selection for Le Lion D’Angers 2023

  • 29 September 2023, 15:03

Steven Smith with Strangford (ISH), pictured at the HSI Studbook Series in
Clonmahon Horse Trials. Photo: Irish Eventing Times

Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) has announced the team of horses that will represent the Irish WBFSH Studbooks at the FEI WBFSH World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses 2023. The Championship will be held at Le Lion D’Angers from the 19th to 22nd October 2023.

Further information about the championships can be found here. 


Diamond Mistress (ISH) – 2017 mare by Diarado (HOLST) out of Shes My Master (ISH) by Master Imp (TB). Breeder and owner: Kate Jarvey. Rider: Sian Coleman (IRL)

Greenogue Gigi (ISH) – 2017 mare by Je T’aime Flamenco (BWP) out of Quita (ISH) by Dow Jones Courcel (SF). Breeder: Con McCarthy. Owner: Lucy McCarthy. Rider: Ian Cassells (IRL).

Strangford (ISH) – 2017 gelding by Luidam (KWPN) out of Templepatrick Dara Bay (ISH)(TIH) by Cruisings Micky Finn (ISH)(TIH). Breeder: Dorothea Wilson. Owner: Terry Johnston. Rider: Stephen Smith (IRL).


Danos Lola (ISH) – 2016 mare by Carrera Vdl (KWPN) out of Abigail Cruise (ISH)(TIH) by Cruising (ISH)(TIH). Breeder: Julie Dennehy. Owner and rider: Alyssa O’Neill (IRL).

Drumnaconnell Kobie (ISH) – 2016 gelding by Road To Happiness (TB) out of Kings Jewel (ISH) by Kings Master (ISH). Breeder and owner: Lawrence Patterson. Rider: Clare Abbott (IRL).

Granny Jeans Unicorn (ISH) – 2016 mare by Jack Of Diamonds (SWB) out of Killossery Ringwood (ISH) by Touchdown (ISH). Breeder: Sara Glynn. Owner: Laura and Sara Glynn. Rider: Sara Glynn (IRL).

Kilroe Frolic (ISH) – 2016 gelding by Cavalier Land (ISH) out of Malibiues Dancer (ISH) by O.B.O.S. Quality 004 (OLD). Breeder: Sean Barron. Owner: Maurice Coleman. Rider: Sian Coleman (IRL).

Loughview Commander (ISH) – 2016 gelding by Cobra (HOLST) out of Loughview La La (ISH) by Limmerick (HOLST). Breeder: Judith Sossick. Owner and rider: Suzanne Hagan (IRL).

MGH Zabaione (ISH) – 2016 gelding by Zavall Vdl (KWPN) out of Viancara VDL (KWPN) by Acobat II (HOLST). Breeder: Padraig McCarthy. Owner: Lucy and Padraig McCarthy. Rider: Padraig McCarthy (IRL).

Milchem Miami (ISH) – 2016 mare by Glasgow Vant Merelsnest (BWP) out of Mullentine White Diesel (ISH) by Corland (HOLST). Breeder: R C Equine Ltd. Owner: Marie Dunne. Rider: Godfrey Gibbons (IRL)

Millridge Athos (ISH) – 2016 gelding by Grand Gayle (TB) out of Out Of Touch Blue Moon (ISH) by Out Of Touch (ISH). Breeder: Kieran Savage. Owner: Gerry Leahy. Rider: Ian Cassels (IRL).

Sligo Just Touch (ISH) – 2016 gelding by Sligo Candy Boy (ISH) out of Sligo Landgraf Touch (ISH) by Touchdown (ISH). Breeder: Padraig Howley. Owner: Molly Fisher and Lucy Flemming. Rider: Georgie Goss (IRL).

The Sequel (DSP) – 2016 gelding by Conthargos (OS) out of Juanita (LVBAY) by Asih (BAVAR). Breeder: U Hans von Scheni. Owner and rider: Heidi Hamilton (IRL).

Sonja Egan, PhD, Head of Breeding, Innovation and Development, said:

I wish to congratulate competing combinations, owners, and breeders on their selection to represent Irish Studbooks in the upcoming FEI WBFSH World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses 2023. Irish breeders have a long and successful history of breeding eventing horses, the Irish Sport Horse studbook have maintained a leading ranking in the eventing studbook rankings for 26 out of the 28 years that they have been established.

I wish to thank Dag Albert and the HSI team for their work to date with these combinations, and through the selections. Horse Sport Ireland would like to wish the 6- and 7-year-old teams the very best of luck and we forward to supporting them throughout the championship!


Irish studbooks participation in Le Lion D’Angers is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine under National Breeding Services.


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