Victory for Turkington in Geesteren and Irish Dominance in Calgary

  • 12 June 2023, 14:25
Top placings recorded by Irish show jumping riders around the world

Irish riders were in top form in Canada. Competing in the CSI5* show in Calgary Irish riders scored ten top ten placings in the ranking classes over the duration of the show. On the opening day four Irish riders were in the top five in the 1.50m class. Daniel Coyle placed second with Quintin, owned by Ariel Grange, Conor Swail was third with his own and Team Philippaerts’ Theo 160, Darragh Kenny and Chic Chic, owned by Vlock show Stables LLC, were fourth and completing the quartet coming home in fifth was Paul O’Shea and Squirt Gun, owned by Eye Candy Jumpers and Paul O’Shea.

It was a similar story on the second day of competition – Coyle topped the podium in the 1.55m ranking class with his own and Ariel Grange’s Ivory TCS. He also finished inside the top ten with Quintin, coming home in eighth place. Kenny and Chic Chic were seventh and Swail and Mannon Farm’s Nadal Hero & DB were ninth.

Swail and Coyle added to their tallies of good results with two more second place finishes. Coyle and Quintin were runners-up in Saturday’s 1.50m ranking class and Kenny and Arna ‘T Kruisveld, owned by Reverie Sport Horses LLC, were second in the 1.60m Grand Prix.

There was plenty of five-star action in France with the Global Champions Tour in Cannes and the CSIO5* in La Baule. In Cannes Denis Lynch had two top ten placings. The first came on Friday in the 1.55m ranking class with Chuggy Equestrian’s PSS Levilensky. Lynch partnered Rubens LS la Silla, owned by Onyx Consulting Ltd and Flaminia Straumann, to finish third in Saturday’s 1.50m ranking class. Trevor Breen finished in fourth in the same class with Gonzalo, owned by Home Farm Equestrian.

In the 1.60m Grand Prix on Saturday Michael Duffy recorded an excellent podium finish, coming home in third place with the 14-year-old mare Cinca 3, owned by Hibernian Sport Horses Ltd.

It may not have gone Ireland’s way in the CSIO5* Nations Cup in La Baule on Friday afternoon but Irish riders recorded several top ten placings over the duration of the show. On the opening day Cian O’Connor finished third in the 1.45m ranking class with Germaine W, a 12-year-old mare owned by Mandy Hall. Previously competed by Trevor Breen, O’Connor only took over the rider this month with La Baule being their second show as a combination.

In the same class Shane Breen finished eight with his own and Marianne Schindele 10-year-old gelding Scarteen. Later the same day, Max Wachman was third in the 1.50m ranking class with Quintini, owned by Coolmore Showjumping. He was closely followed by O’Connor who claimed fourth with Checkter, owned by Ronnoco Jump ULC.

On Friday O’Connor went one better with Germaine W, claiming second in the 1.45m ranking class and Shane Breen finished seventh with Nikki Rutter Giaponne’s 9-year-old gelding Cato Boy.

Shane Breen topped the podium in Saturday’s 1.45m Derby with Scarteen. O’Connor completed the show with another podium finish with Germaine W, finishing second in the 1.45m ranking class on Sunday.


Victory for Turkington

Emily Turkington and Cornet

Emily Turkington won the 1.55m Grand Prix at the CSI4* show in Geesteren, The Netherlands with Cornet, a nine-year-old gelding owned by David Loughran. Earlier in the week the same combination picked up fifth place in the 1.50m ranking class.

In the CSI4* in Poznan Wola, Poland, Meath native Alexander Butler continued his recent run of good form, taking the runner up position in the 1.50m ranking class on Friday with Ti Amo B Z, owned by Milestone Farm. This combination went on to finish sixth in the 1.50m Grand Prix. He also finished second on Saturday with Chilli B, owned by L.C.J Berben, in the 1.45m ranking class.

Following Ireland’s victory in Friday’s CSIO3* EEF Nations Cup Regional Qualifier in Bratislava, team riders Comdt. Geoff Curran and Harry Allen went on to record excellent individual placings. In the 1.55m Grand Prix, Allen was third with Calculatus, owed by Qin Yu Pang, and Curran was seventh with the Irish Sport Horse Tempo Manor, owned by the Minister for Defence. Curran also finished ninth in the 1.50m ranking class with Lough Scur Quality Lady.

Adam Carey and Quebello D were runners-up in the 1.50m ranking class at Lons le Saunier, France on Friday. The 13-year-old stallion is owned by Philippe Berthol.

In Lexington CSI2*, Stephen Moore had a podium finish in the 1.45m ranking class on Friday, claiming third place with Albert K, owned by Teddy Vlock and Vlock Show Stables LLC. In Sunday’s 1.45m Grand Prix Shane Sweetnam finished tenth and twelfth.



Tempo Manor (ISH) – 2012 gelding by Sligo Candy Boy (ISH) out of Roxy Lux (ISH) by Lux Z (HANN). Breeder: Noel Wright. Owner: Minister for Defence. Rider: Commandant Geoff Curran (IRL).

Lough Scur Quality Lady (ISH) – 2014 mare by O.B.O.S. Quality 004 (OLD) out of Lough Scur Sardiamond (ISH) by Shannondale Sarco St Ghyvan (BWP). Breeder: Seamus Tighe. Owner: Minister for Defence. Rider: Commandant Geoff Curran (IRL)