Irish Sport Horse Studbook tops World Eventing Rankings again for 2017

  • 9 October 2017, 22:01

The Irish Sport Horse Studbook has once again been crowned the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH) leading Eventing Studbook in the world for 2017.

Since the WBFSH rankings were established in 1994, the Irish Sport Horse Studbook has won the coveted Eventing Studbook rankings for an incredible 22 of the last 24 years.

Photo: The Irish Sport Horse Cooley Cross Border (Diamond Roller x Osilvis), ridden by Kim Severson (USA)

The rankings for the 2017 season take account of FEI competitions from 1st October 2016 to 30th September 2017. The highest-ranked Irish Sport Horse in the individual WBFSH rankings was Cooley Cross Border (ISH), bred by Johnny Duffy from Co Louth and ridden by Kim Severson (USA). Cooley Cross Border (ISH) was winner of the CIC3* at this years Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials and was also runner-up in the CCI3* at Millstreet in Co Cork.

Horse Sport Ireland Director of Breeding and Programmes Alison Corbally said:

“We are delighted that the Irish Sport Horse Studbook has won the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH) leading Studbook award again in 2017. I would particularly like to congratulate the breeders of these six horses, Johnny Duffy (Louth), Kathryn Jackson (Monaghan), John Fitzhenry (Wexford), Noel Hickey (Limerick), and Marian Tighe (Leitrim) on their achievement in breeding such successful event horses.”

Horse Sport Ireland interim Chairman Jim Beecher added:

“This is a great tribute to Irish breeders and their commitment to breeding the performance horse. They have done it year in year out often for limited reward. Despite our success to date, we will have to continue to raise our game, as competition from other Studbooks is increasing every year. We have great raw material and intensifying our focus on the breeding goal will help us to remain competitive in the international arena.”

Breeding of top six ISH:

Cooley Cross Border (ISH) – 2007 gelding by Diamond Roller [ISH] out of Who’s Diaz (ISH), by Osilvis (KWPN). Breeder: Johnny Duffy, Co. Louth. Rider: Kim Severson (USA)

Vanir Kamira (ISH) – 2005 mare by Camiro De Haar Z (ZANG) out of Fair Caledonian (WNTR), by Dixi (TB). Breeder: Kathryn Jackson (Monaghan). Rider: Piggy French (GBR)

Cooley SRS (ISH) – 2007 gelding by Ramiro B (BWP) out of Ballynattin Pride (ISH), by Kiltealy Spring (ISH). Breeder: John Fitzhenry (Wexford). Rider: Oliver Townend (GBR)

Ardagh Highlight (ISH) – 2004 gelding by Puissance (ISH) out of Gentle Servant (ISH), by Kings Servant (ISH). Breeder: Teresa Walsh, Co. Kilkenny. Rider: Sam Watson (IRL)

Ballaghmor Class (ISH) – 2007 gelding Courage II (HOLST) out of Kilderry Place (ISH). Breeder: Noel Hickey, Co. Limerick. Rider: Oliver Townend (GBR)

Kiltubrid Rhapsody (ISH) – 2007 gelding by Cascaletto St Ghyvan Z (ZANG) out of Kilubrid Heather (ISH), by Lombardo (KWPN). Breeder: Marian Tighe, Co. Leitrim. Rider: Sir Mark Todd (NZL)

Full results HERE

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