Good fortune shines down on HSI Affiliate Combined Training Final

  • 16 March 2022, 10:35

The final of the Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) Affiliate Combined Training Challenge took place at CoilÓg Equestrian Centre on Sunday 13th of March. The HSI Affiliate Combined Training Challenge was an opportunity for affiliate members to get their competition season off on the right foot. Educational dressage tests and encouraging showjumping tracks over four levels were offered across all seven qualifiers and the final, suiting all abilities and encouraging athletes to utilise and demonstrate correct training on the flat and over fences. Horse Sport Ireland would like to congratulate everyone that qualified around the country and competed at the finals last weekend.

The HSI 1.10m Final was won by Clodie Coen with Martin Coen’s Union Fortunus (ISH) after a super clear round to stay on their fantastic dressage score of 28. There were only 3 marks separating the winner and second and third place, with second place going to Meabh Bolger and her own MBF Back to Back (ISH). This combination posted the best dressage score in the class of 27, however one down in the jumping phase resulted in a combined score of 31. Emma Egan and Marino (ISH), finished on their dressage score of 31 for third place. Fourth place went to Hollybrook Star (ISH) ridden by India Rogers, fifth place went to Milchem Free Spirit (ISH) and Godfrey Gibbons, and sixth place went to Danos Lola (ISH) and Alyssa O’Neill.

Winner of the HSI 1.10m Final – Clodie Coen and Union Fortunus (ISH). Presented by Alyssa O’Neill (HSI). Photo Credit: Saggittarian Photography

In the HSI 1m Final, Eimear Nee and the Connemara Pony Charlie of Blakehill (CP), owned by Catriona Clancy, scored 24 in the dressage phase – the lowest dressage score of the day. This was followed by an impeccable clear round adding nothing to their score to win the class in style. Hot on their heels and finishing in second place was Tom Nestor and David Nestor’s Freddie on a score of 25.5. Finishing in joint third place and half a point behind was again Tom Nestor, this time with Tullaree Ruby Tuesday (CP), and Ciara Power and her own Rossmount Aldi Hero (ISH). Both finished on their impressive dressage scores of 26. Fifth place went to Louise Bloomer and Hollybrook High Maintenance (ISH) followed by Michael O’Toole and Beechdale Jago (ISH) in sixth place.

Winner of the HSI 1m Final – Eimear Nee and Charlie of Blakehill (CP). Presented by Alyssa O’Neill (HSI). Photo Credit: Saggittarian Photography

The HSI 90cm Final was the largest class of the day with Louise Bloomer and Shannondale Levi (ISH) bred by Mary Walsh, jumping clear to take the spoils on a score of 25.75. Second place and finishing on a score of 29.75 was Emily Marnane and the Connemara Pony Danny’s Pride (CP). Third place went to Remember Bea, ridden by Gemma Goldrich on a score of 30. Close on her heels with a score of 30.25 and finishing in joint 4th place was Kate Solon and Oakport Ringo Star (ISH) and Emily Acton and Gtown Dusty Knuckles (ISH). Finishing up the lineup in 6th place was Matthew Dickenson and Major Sam (ISH).

Winner of the HSI 90cm Final – Louise Bloomer and Shannondale Levi (ISH). Presented by Alyssa O’Neill (HSI). Photo Credit: Saggittarian Photography

The HSI 80cm Final was won by the 4-Year-Old Irish Sport Horse Shirsheen Rocketman (ISH), owned and ridden by Linda Murphy. The pair completed a foot-perfect clear round, adding nothing to their dressage score of 29.75 to win the class. Second place went to Connemara Pony Ballyerk Lover (CP) and Georgina Petit, with a dressage score of 27.25 and picking up four faults in the jumping round to finish on a combined score of 31.25. Third place went to Ye Chancer Ye and Wayne Santry, on a combined score of 32, also picking up four penalties in the jumping phase. Fourth place went to Creganna Dandini (CP) and Marjorie Hardiman, with fifth place going to Creganna Milady (ISH) and Lara Field, and sixth place going to Acrefield Enzo and Emma Laurence.

Winner of the HSI 80cm Final – Linda Murphy and Shirsheen Rocketman (ISH). Presented by Alyssa O’Neill (HSI). Photo Credit: Saggittarian Photography

On the day there were also Combined Training classes for any combinations that were not qualified to compete in the HSI Final classes. The winner of the CT EI110 class was Icco (KWPN) ridden by Michael O’Toole; The CT EI100 class was won by Jane O’Flynn and Greenhall Good Decision (ISH); Brian Kuehnle and Tullibards Get Ready Teddy (ISH) won the CT EI90 class and Jessica Kuehnle and Tullibards Simply Cool (ISH) took the title in the CT EI80 class. The full list of results is available on the Eventing Ireland website.


Horse Sport Ireland Combined Training Challenge Final – Top 3 results and breeding information for the HSI classes are listed below:

CoilOg Equestrian Centre

HSI Affiliate Combined Training – EI110

1st   Union Fortunus (ISH)- 2008 gelding by Heritage Fortunus (HANN) out of Connaught Gold (ISH) Breeder: Stanley Nairn, Owner: Martin Coen, Rider: Clodie Coen

2nd MBF Back to Back (ISH)- 2016 gelding by Metropole (KWPN) out of Aughmore Irokos Dream (ISH) Breeder: Liam Duffin, Owner & Rider: Meabh Bolger

3rd Marino (ISH) -2016 gelding by Kannan (KWPN) out of Guidams Summertime (ISH) Breeder: Michael J Murphy. Owned and Rider: Emma Egan.


HSI Affiliate Combined Training – EI100

1st Charlie of Blakehill (CP)- 2008 gelding by Cosheen Stormboy (CP) out of Atlantic Lady Joan (CP) Breeder: Joan Clancy, Owner: Catriona Curran, Rider: Eimear Nee

2nd Freddie (UNK)- 2005 gelding Owned by: David Nestor: Ridden by: Tom Nestor.

=3rd Rossmount Aldi Hero (ISH)- 2016 mare by Celtic Hero B Z (ZANG) out of Aldi Clover (ISH) Breeder: Michael Griffin, Owner& Rider: Ciara Power

=3rd Tullaree Ruby Tuesday (CP)- 2013 mare by Gun Smoke (CP) out of Fort Ruane Ruby (CP) Breeder: Clive Swindell, Owner: David Nestor, Rider Tom Nestor


HSI Affiliate Combined Training – EI 90

1st   Shannondale Levi (ISH)- 2017 gelding by Shannondale Sarco St Ghyvan (BWP) out of Shannondale Melodie (ISH) Breeder: Mary Walsh, Owner & Rider: Louise Bloomer

2nd   Danny’s Pride (CP)- 2009 gelding by Fernville Danny (CP) out of Cora’s Lady (CP) Breeder: Edwin & Siobhan Murray, Owner: Melanie Marnane, Rider: Emily Marnane

3rd Remember Bea (UNK)- 2017 mare Breeder: Alison Mercer Rider: Gemma Goodrich, Owner: Norma Wilkinson


HSI Affiliate Combined Training – EI 80

1st Shirsheen Rocketman (ISH)- 2018 gelding by OBOS Quality 004 (OLD) out of Mangerton Lady Saoirse (ISH) Breeder: Andrew Hodgins, Owner & Rider: Linda Murphy

2nd Ballyerk Lover (CP)- 2014 by Ballyerk Sea Field (CP) out of Ballyerk Clover (CP) Breeder: Patrick Blake, Owner: Marguerite Pettit, Rider: Georgina Pettit

3rd Ye Chancer Ye (UNK)- 2017 gelding Owner: Emily Acton, Rider: Wayne Santry