Combinations named ahead of FEI WBFSH World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses 2023

  • 29 August 2023, 12:20
Taylor Vard has named the 19 horses to represent the the Irish WBFSH Studbooks at the Championships taking place in Lanaken, in September

Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) has announced the team of horses that will represent the Irish WBFSH Studbooks at the FEI WBFSH World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses 2023. The Championships will be held at Lanaken, Belgium, from September 20th to 24th September 2023.

A total of 19 Irish-bred horses will represent the Irish Studbooks – 17 Irish Sport Horses and two horses from the Warmblood Studbook of Ireland, with riders from four nations making up the squad selected by HSI’s Show Jumping Young Horse Team Chef d’Equipe Taylor Vard.

Ireland Chef d’Equipe for Lanaken Taylor Vard

Speaking about the selection for the FEI WBFSH World Breeding Jumping Championships, Vard said: “I am very excited about this squad. For sure, there were some difficult choices to be made with so many good horses to choose from. I had to keep in mind the challenges of Lanaken and the difficulties of qualifying for finals and what’s demanded of horse and rider.

“I also took into consideration the new WBFSH Studbooks Global Champions Jumping Trophy taking place in Valkenswaard just a week later and we’re going to need a strong squad there too. Hopefully this team for Lanaken can keep up Ireland’s great track record at the Championships and bring home some medals.

“I want to wish all selected riders, the best of luck and offer my congratulations to the breeders, the owners and wider connections that play a role in preparing the horses for a show like Lanaken.”

Head of Breeding, Innovation and Development with Horse Sport Ireland, Sonja Egan, PhD, added: “Horse Sport Ireland is delighted to announce the team for the upcoming FEI WBFSH World Breeding Jumping Championships in the 5- 6- and 7-year-old categories. I wish to congratulate all breeders, riders, and owners on their selection to compete at the FEI WBFSH World Breeding Jumping Championships.

“This is a significant achievement for all combinations, and I commend their careful production and targeting of this championship through the various national young horse classes. These teams include several strong combinations and represent both Irish WBFSH Studbooks.

“Thank you to Taylor Vard for travelling to view these horses across many events during the busy EEF Nations Cup season and for his thorough and careful consideration of each combination who registered their interest.

HSI, and I, are very much looking forward to supporting the Irish Studbook teams at the FEI WBFSH World Breeding Jumping Championships in Lanaken and wish all competing breeders, owners and riders the very best of luck!”

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5-Year-Olds (6)

Gone Girl VB (ISH)
Mare by Emerald Van’t Ruytershof (BWP) out of Bellissimo (ISH), by Cobra (Holst)
Breeder: Eleanor Byrne, Co. Kilkenny
Owner: LMG Enterprises
Rider: Vincent Byrne (IRL)

OKE Dixieland Rock (ISH)
Mare by Elvis Ter Putte (BWP) out of Arona (KWPN), by Cobra (Holst)
Breeder and owner: Martina McCrory, Co. Tyrone
Rider: Brendan Murphy (IRL)

Madgeslane Luidam (ISH)
Stallion by Luidam (KWPN) out Madges Lane Karol (ISH), by OBOS Quality 004 (OLD)
Breeder and owner: Michael Pender, Co. Kildare.
Rider: Mikey Pender (IRL)

Ballinaguilkey Special Star (ISH)
Gelding by Big Star (KWPN) out of Cavalier Milly (ISH), by Ramiro B (BWP).
Breeder: John and Barbara Walsh, Co. Carlow
Owner: KM Sporthorses
Rider: Ger O’Neill (IRL)

Ballyshan B F Super Hero (ISH)
Gelding by Celtic Hero B Z (Zang) out of Ballyshan Luximportant (ISH), by Lux Z (Hann)
Breeder: Gary Doherty, Co. Donegal
Owner: Martin Egan
Rider: Ger O’Neill (IRL)

Jump The Gun (WSI)
Gelding by I’m Special De Muze (BWP) out Just Jump (ISH), by Master Imp (TB)
Breeder and owner: Ann Connors, Co. Waterford
Ridden by Nicholas Connors (IRL)


6-Year-Olds (7)

Laurina (ISH)
Mare by Stakkato Gold (Hann) out of Rincarina (ISH)[TIH], by Cruising (ISH)[TIH]
Breeder and owner: Dr. Noel Cawley, Co. Kildare
Rider: Leah Stack (IRL)

BP Tiny Dancer (ISH)
Mare by Plot Blue (KWPN) out of Uptown Girl (SPH), by Concorde (KWPN).
Breeder and owned: GBBS International Ltd.
Rider: Niamh McEvoy (IRL)

Mondavi (ISH)
Mare by Tyson (KWPN) out of You Two Delilia (ISH), by Warrenstown You 2 (ISH)
Breeder: Ronan Tynan, Co. Kilkenny
Owner: Marguerite Ryan
Rider: Jack Ryan (IRL)

HHS Mercedes (ISH)
Mare by Can Ya Makan (Holst) out of Chester Lass (ISH), by Couletto (OLD).
Breeder and owner: Bravo Hughes Ltd., Co. Kilkenny.
Ridden by Molly Hughes-Bravo (POR)

BP Goodfellas (ISH)
Gelding By Stakkato Gold (Hann) out of Goodwins Loyalty (ISH), by OBOS Quality 004 (OLD)
Breeder and owned: GBBS International Ltd.
Rider: Niamh McEvoy (IRL).

ESI Lucius (ISH)
Stallion by Cardento (Holst) out of Triest Star (KWPN), by Cavalier (KWPN)
Breeder and owner: Ennisnag Stud, Co. Kilkenny
Rider: Harry Wood (GBR)

Silverteal Indigo (WSI)
Mare by Emerald Van’t Ruytershof (BWP) out of Dunroe Rafi (ISH) by Lux Z (Hann).
Breeder: Paschal McCarthy, Co. Cork
Owner: Simon McCarthy
Rider: Patrick Hickey (IRL)


7-Year-Olds (6)

HK Carrera (ISH)
Gelding by Carrera VDL (KWPN) out of ESI Tinkas Lady (ISH), by Zambesi (KWPN)
Bred and owned by Ennisnag Stud, Co. Kilkenny
Ridden by Torben Köhlbrandt (GER)

Curraghgraigue Jack Bro (ISH)
Gelding by Orestus (KWPN) out of Curraghgraigue Errigal (ISH)[TIH], by Errigal Flight (ISH)[TIH]
Breeder and owner: Baden Powell, Co. Tipperary
Rider: Gemma Phelan (IRL)

LVS Goldrush H (ISH)
Gelding by Stakkato Gold (Hann) out of Arcadia LVS Z (Zang), by Arko III (OLD)
Breeder: Heritage Bloodstock Ltd., Co. Tipperary
Owner: Dermot Walsh
Rider: Ethen Ahearne (IRL)

HHS Tokyo (ISH)
Gelding by Z7 Ascot (ISH) out of HHS Fortune (ISH), by Catoki (Holst)
Breeder and owner: Bravo Hughes Ltd., Co. Kilkenny.
Rider: Molly Hughes-Bravo (POR).

Curra Ferro (ISH)
Gelding by S Creevagh Ferro Ex Siebe (KWPN) out of Creevagh Jane (ID), by Mount Diamond Flag (IDC1)
Breeder: Ronnie Hollinger, Co. Monaghan
Owner: Ciara Kearney and Seamus Hughes-Kennedy
Rider: Seamus Hughes-Kennedy (IRL)

HHS Cyprus (ISH)
Gelding by Cornet Obolensky (BWP) out of HHS Acorado (ISH), by Acorado (Holst)
Breeder: Marion Hughes, Co. Kilkenny
Owner: Bravo Hughes Ltd.
Rider: Mikey Pender (IRL)


This project is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and The Marine under National Breeding Services.