Eleven Irish Sport Horses qualify for Sunday’s Young Horse World Championship finals at Lanaken in Belgium
- 15 September 2018, 20:59
The Irish Sport Horse Studbook has 11 horses qualified for tomorrow’s (Sunday) final of the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH) Show Jumping Championships for Young Horses at Lanaken in Belgium, from a total of 709 horses entered and representing the world’s best studbooks.
Speaking ahead of the final, Irish Chef d’Equipe for the championships, Comdt. John Ledingham said:
“It is wonderful to have such a young age profile in our qualified athletes, Jack Ryan, Mark Finnerty, Susan Fitzpatrick, and Mikey Pender who are teenagers, and Kevin Gallagher who is 21-years-old and Darragh Ryan (22). This augers very well for the future of young horse production in Ireland.”
Also qualified for the final, are five-star Grand Prix winners Cameron Hanley and Richard Howley, along with Kilkenny’s Ger O’Neill, who won the six-year-old championship at Lanaken in 2016 and 2017 and aiming for a record three-in-a-row.
Over 30 Irish Sport Horses have made the journey to Lanaken this year and have been very well-supported by Irish breeders who have turned up in their hundreds to these Championships. Earlier this week, they saw Kilkenny’s Susan Fitzpatrick producing an outstanding performance to win the seven-year-old qualifier with Keatingstown Z Wellie Two (ISH).
John Ledingham added:
“We wish all the breeders, riders and their Irish Sport Horses the best of luck in the finals tomorrow. Special thanks to Horseware for sponsoring the Young Horse Championship Irish representatives here at Lanaken, their support is very much appreciated by all the riders.”
The Irish finalists are;
ESI TOULOUSE (ISH) 2011 G by SIEC LIVELLO (HOLST) out of CATINA (BWP), by QUASIMODO VD MOLENDREEF (BWP). Bred by CIAN O’CONNOR. Owner/ Rider: CAMERON HANLEY
HHS GENEVA (ISH) 2011 F by O.B.O.S. QUALITY 004 (OLD) out of CLOVER Z (ISH) by CLOVER HILL (ID) bred by MARION HUGHES owned by MIGUEL BRAVO & GEORGE L BRENNINGER. Rider: MIKEY PENDER
KEATINGSTOWN Z WELLIE TWO (ISH) 2011 M by Z WELLIE 72 (KWPN) out of MARCHIONESSE (ISH) bred and owned by SHARON FITZPATRICK. Rider SUSAN FITZPATRICK
LACKAMORE STORM (ISH) 2011 M by KROONGRAAF (KWPN) out of CURRABAWN SHAUNA (ISH) by INDOCTRO (HOLST) bred by IAN HESLIN owned by GRETCHEN JOHNSON. Rider: DARRAGH RYAN
ALL ACTION (ISH) 2011 M by ASKOLEAN JUDY (ISH) by TOUCHDOWN (ISH) bred and owned by RORY FINNERTY. Rider: MARK FINNERTY
BBS MCGREGOR (ISH) 2012 G by CARDENTO (HOLST) out of RANDOM CHANCE (ISH) by MARK TWAIN (TB) bred and owned by MARGUERITE RYAN. Rider: JACK RYAN
CUFFESGRANGE CAVADORA (ISH) 2012 F by Z WELLIE 72 (KWPN) out of CUFFESGRANGE CAVALIDAM (ISH) by LUIDAM (KWPN) bred and owned by CLAIRE HUGHES. Rider: GER O’NEILL
HHS VANCOUVER (ISH) 2013 by INDOCTRO (HOLST) out of LA JUANITA (ISH) by DON JUAN DE LA BOUVERIE (SBS) bred and owned by MARION HUGHES. Rider: MIKEY PENDER
MHS NEW YORK (ISH) 2013 G by QUIDAM JUNIOR I (KWPN) out of CAVALIER KELLS LADY (ISH) by CAVALIER ROYALE (HOLST) bred by THOMAS BRENNAN, owned by SINEAD BRENNAN. Rider: MIKEY PENDER
PRESIDENTIAL BALL (ISH) 2013 S by CLINTON (BE)(HOLST) out of ECHO PEACH (ISH) by CLOVER ECHO (ISH) bred and owned by BRENDAN MCSORLEY. Rider: KEVIN GALLAGHER
CSF SIR GEORGE (ISH) 2013 G by SIR SHUTTERFLY (HANN) out of NORRIRA (ISH) by CAVALIER ROYALE (HOLST), bred by SHANE CONNOLLY and owned by MOLLY TRACY. Rider: DARRAGH RYAN