HSI Show Jumping Studbook Series champions crowned at Tattersalls July Show
- 21 July 2023, 20:39
Despite the weather some of Ireland’s top and rising show jumping combinations lined out to contest the grand final of the 2023 Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) Show Jumping Studbook Series. Taking place at the Tattersalls July Show, running in aid of the St Francis Hospice, the two-day mid-week event proved popular despite the poor weather conditions.
Tuesday saw fierce competition in each of the three age categories, with only 25 qualifying places up for grabs for Wednesday’s final.
Husband and wife combination Marti Rudd and Tomas Doyle proved unbeatable. Doyle’s sizeable lead built up over the course of the series combined with a third place finish in the final leg saw him finish on 37 points with Monbeg Ruby (ISH). Jonathan Smith finished second with Mr Kannan Ball (ISH) and Gerard Clarke was third with Castleforbes Gillian (ISH).
Ethen Ahearne and LVS Goldrush H (ISH) finished second in the series final at Tattersalls and shared equal fourth place in the league with Molly Hughes Bravo and HHS Tokyo (ISH). Putting points on the board for the first time this series, Gemma Phelan won the final leg with Curraghraigue Jack Bro (ISH).
Victory in the final leg of the six-year-olds went to Shane O’Reilly and BWE Vain Hero (ISH), with Max O’Reilly Hyland in second riding Rock Warrior (ISH). Jason Higgins and MBF Maxwill were third. Rudd and Monbeg Sapphire (ISH) held onto their lead to win the league on 33 points, O’Reilly was second on 30 points with BWE Special Rose (ISH) and Higgins and MBF Maxwill finished third.
Having scored league points in all bar one leg of the series it was no surprise that Brendan Murphy came out victorious in the five-year-old class with OKE Dixieland Rock (ISH). Young rider Annie Courtney-Cadam claimed second with LLC Dunard Lady Dominator and Tholm Keane and Nairobi were second.
Murphy and OKE Dixieland Rock were third in the final leg, with Vincent Byrne and Gone Girl VB (ISH) topping the podium and Loughatousa Flamenco and Tadhg Beecher in second.
The Show Jumping Studbook Series is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and HSI’s coverage is brought to you in association with Redmond Property Maintenance.
Further coverage of the final and the full series to come.
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