HSI Foal Championship Qualifier at Kernans EC 20th September
- 21 September 2023, 13:16
The second qualifier of four, of the Horse Sport Ireland Foal Championship, was held yesterday, Wednesday 20th September, at Kernans Equestrian Centre in Armagh. With 27 entries across the 4 categories of Pony Eventing Foal, Pony Show Jumping Foal, Horse Eventing Foal and Horse Show-jumping Foal, it was a full house for the afternoon.
Jack Doyle and Emily MacMahon were on the judging duty for the afternoon. The competition started at 12pm with the Pony Show-jumping Foal being the first category to enter the arena. The afternoon ended with the Horse Eventing winner. The winners of each category will now go in to compete in the Final of the Foal Championship on the 25th October in CoilÓg Equestrian Centre.The aim of the Foal Championship is to identify, evaluate and reward breeders who have bred a foal that has the potential to be competitive at the highest international level in the disciplines of showjumping or eventing.
Winner of the Pony Show-jumping category went to Diane Weatherup’s Colt foal Ballywildrick Mirah’s Legacy (CP). This foal is by Westide Mirah II (CP) , out of Ballywildrick Sylvia (CP) by Dark Edition (CP). Ballywildrick Mirah’s Legacy (CP) now goes forward to the Foal Championship final.
Runner up in this category was Barryroe Prince Smokey (LHI) who is a colt foal by Hilin Oriole (WRP), out of Smokey Legend (IRP) damsire Muskerry Blue Smoke (WP), bred and owned by Jerry Moloney.
Pony Eventing followed the showjumpers and Jerry Moloney continued his successful day, winning this category with his filly foal Barryroe Princess Ceremony (LHI). Barryroe Princess Ceremony (LHI) is by Orielton Top Secret (WPB), out of Dowhills Ceremony (BRP) who is by Whalton Highwayman (BRP).
Reserve in this category went to Sharon Walsh’s Pineview Royal Rossini (ISP). Sharon’s bay colt foal is by Stanley Grange Regal Heights (BRP), out of WDF Rossini (SPSS) damsire Rembrandt DDH (OS).
The Horse Foal categories begin shortly after 1pm, with Horse Show-jumping Foal being the first category to be viewed by the judges. Samantha Fegan had great success in this section with her two filly foals taking winner and reserve in a tightly scored category. Winner here was no 15 on the start-list- Berkleys Niamey (ISH) by Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve (BWP), out of Niker (SI) and by Baedeker (SI)
Samatha Fegan’s reserve foal was Berkleys Gustavia (ISH), by Conthargos (OLD), out of Berkleys Girleen (ISH) by Quick Star (SF).
The final category of the Kernans qualifier was Horse Eventing Foal. The traditionally bred winners were also crowned in this category. Winner of the Horse Eventing Foal, and going forward to the final in CoilÓG EC on the 25th of October, was Mark Mayne’s colt foal (ISH) by Alicante (HOLST), out of Junderstand (TB) damsire Champ Elysees (TB).
Reserve in the Horse Eventing section AND winner of the Traditional Horse Foal section was Maria Melvin’s Glenkeeran Dance with Time (ISH) who is by Crosstown Dancer (ID), out of Desert Moon (TB) damsire Desert King (TB). Glenkeeran Dance with Time (ISH) will go forward to the CoilÓg final under the Traditional Horse Foal category.
Reserve in the Traditional Horse Foal section went to Adam Gibson’s Rosier (TB) filly foal, Foxmore Imperial Rose (ISH). Foxmore Imperial Rose (ISH) is by Rosier (TB), out of Mullentine Irish Queen (ISH)[TIH] damsire Master Imp (TB).Prizes for the Best Turned-out Pony Foal and Best Turned-out Horse Foal (Foal/ Mare/ Handler combination) were awarded went to No 2 Diane Weatherup and Ballywildrick Mirah’s Legacy (CP) by Westide Mirah II (CP), out of Ballywildrick Sylvia (CP), damsire Dark Edition (CP) and in the horse category this prize went to Julieann Gaffney and her KMS Denver (ISH) filly foal, out of Adja (KWPN) damsire Contendro I (HOLST).
The final two qualifiers will take place in Wexford EC, Co Wexford, 3rd October, and Tubberbride EC, Co Sligo, 11th October. You can enter HERE now.
For more information on the 2023 HSI Foal Championship, please CLICK HERE
Horse Sport Ireland would like to thank the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine for their support of the Foal Championship 2023 under National Breeding Services.
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