Irish-bred Eventers get off to a strong start in USA

  • 25 January 2023, 11:06
In the opening weekend of international eventing competition Irish-bred horses had multiple top ten finishes.

Securing the first international eventing win for an Irish-bred horse in 2023 was Corraghoe Brilliant (ISH) and American rider Ariel Grald on an impressive score of 24.8. The 8-year-old gelding by Tolan R (KWPN) out of Corraghoe Dreamer (ISH), by Lux Z (HANN), was bred by Cavan’s Patrick Smith.

See below for the full list of Irish-bred Eventing results:

Stable View, Aiken Opener HT, South Carolina (USA). January 20th – 22nd

Open Preliminary B

5th Slieve Callan Alpha (ISH) – 2013 gelding by Porsch (BWP) out of Gi Miz Minx (ISH) by Courage II (HOLST). Breeder: Niamh Tottenham, Co Clare. Rider: Alyssa Peterson (USA) 34.7, 0, 34.8 = 69.5.

Preliminary Rider

4th Fernhill Final Cavalier (ISH)[AKA Greenacres Cavalier Boy] – 2014 gelding by Cavalier Royale (HOLST) out of Greenacres Quality (ISH) by OBOS Quality 004 (OLD). Breeder: Michael Callery. Rider: Liesel Fazekas (USA) 30.3, 16, 3.6 = 49.9.

Modified A

3rd Toome Diamond Lad (ISH)[TIH] [AKA Lowhill Toome Diamond] – 2010 gelding by Carrick Diamond Lad (ISH)[TIH] out of Toome Cruising Eezy (ISH)[TIH] by Cruising (ISH)[TIH]. Breeder: Eugene McGinn. Rider: Molly Koch (USA) 38.8, 0, 0.0 = 38.8.

Modified B

2nd Cooley Mullingar (ISH) – 2012 gelding by OBOS Quality 004 (OLD) out of Omard Clover Barbie (ID) by Clover Hill (ID). Breeder: Brian O’Reilly, Co Cavan. Rider: Julieann Prettyman (USA) 28.5, 0, 0.0 = 28.5

6th The Fernhill Fox (ISH)[TIH][AKA Dancing Fox] – 2008 gelding by Nigrasine (TB) out of Willbrook Bess (ISH)[TIH] by Rakish Paddy (ID). Breeder: David Noctor, Co Wexford. Rider: Carolyn Rice (USA) 30.3, 4, 0.0 = 34.3.


Grand Oaks HT, Florida (USA). January 21st – 22nd

Open Preliminary

8th HSH Best Kept Secret (ISH)[AKA Ringwood Zante] – 2017 gelding by Adieu Z [AKA Ringwood Adieu Z](ZANG) out of Ringwood Sunny Clover (ISH) by Sunny Boy (KWPN). Breeder: Erika Leonard. Rider: Caroline Matin (USA) 25.8, 5.2, 4.8 = 35.8.

9th 24 Karat Fernhill (ISH)[AKA Rado Star] – 2012 gelding by Radolin (KWPN) out of Cendry Nouvolieu (SF) by Tresor de Cheux (SF). Breeder: Ronan Byrne, Co Carlow. Rider: Alexandra Green (USA) 34.0, 4, 0.0 = 38.0.


1st Corraghoe Brilliant (ISH) – 2015 gelding by Tolan R (KWPN) out of Corraghoe Dreamer (ISH) by Lux Z (HANN). Breeder: Patrick Smith, Co Cavan. Rider: Ariel Grald (USA) 24.8, 0, 0.0 = 24.8

2nd Monbeg Odyssey (ISH)[was Carraigahulla Orlando] – 2012 gelding by Orestus VDL (KWPN) out of Carraigahulla (ISH) by Glen Bar (ISH)[TIH]. Breeder: Michael Byrne. Rider: Sophia Middlebrook (USA) 25.8, 0, 0.0 = 25.8

4th BT Jump the Gun (ISH)[TIH] – 2012 gelding by Copper Field (CP) out of Fida Kahlo (TB) by Cricket Ball (TB). Breeder: Dan O’Brien, Co Waterford. Rider: Makenzie Lowe (USA) 33.0, 0, 0.0 = 33.0.

These results have been provided to Horse Sport Ireland by Charlie Ripman.

The Irish bred eventing results are part-funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine under the Equine Technical Support Fund.