Irish Sport Horse Studbook tops World Eventing Rankings for 2016

  • 20 October 2016, 17:03

The Irish Sport Horse Studbook has once again been crowned as the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH) leading Eventing Studbook in the world for 2016. Since the WBFSH rankings were established in 1994, the Irish Sport Horse Studbook has won the coveted Eventing Studbook rankings for 21 of the last 23 years.

The rankings for the 2016 season take account of FEI competitions from 1st October 2015 to 30th September 2016. The highest-ranked Irish Sport Horse in the individual WBFSH rankings was Olympic Bronze medallist, Mighty Nice (ISH), bred by William Kells in Cavan.

Phillip Dutton (USA) & Mighty Nice (ISH).  Photo: Eventing Nation

The Irish Sport Horse Mighty Nice (ISH) finished second in the WBFSH Event Horse Rankings for 2016 (Photo: Eventing Nation)


Horse Sport Ireland Chairman, Prof. Pat Wall said:

“It is encouraging that we are still holding our own at the top of the rankings. Some of our competitor Studbooks are now focusing on the Eventing rankings so we need to maintain our focus on breeding the correct type and producing the young horses appropriately. This is great news for Irish breeding. Well done to the breeders who produced the horses that secured our place at the top of the rankings.”

9 August 2016; Jonty Evans of Ireland, on Cooley Rorkes Drift, in action during the Eventing Team Jumping Final at the Olympic Equestrian Centre, Deodoro, during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Cooley Rorkes Drift (ISH) is ranked 17th in the 2016 WBFSH Eventing Rankings (Photo: Sportsfile)

*Note: Studbook details and major results for the six highest-placed Irish Sport Horses in the 2016 WBFSH Eventing Rankings:

2nd Mighty Nice (ISH) – 2004 gelding by Ard Ohio (KWPN) out of Sarazen (ISH). Breeder: William Kells, Co. Cavan. Owner: HND Group. Rider: Phillip Dutton (USA)
Bronze individual medal at Rio Olympics.
4th  – CCI4* Rolex Kentucky 2016
2nd  – CCI3* Elkton MD 2015
7th –  CCI4* Luhmuhlen 2014

17th Cooley Rorkes Drift (ISH) – 2006 gelding by Courage II (HOLST) out of Doon-A-Ree Lass (ISH), by Rachelle Comet (TB). Breeder: William McCarrison, Co. Down. Owners: Fiona Elliott & Jonty Evans. Rider: Jonty Evans (IRL)
9th – Individual Rio Olympics 2016
3rd – CIC3* Tattersalls 2016
11th – CICO3* – NC Fontainbleu 2016
8th  – CCIO3* – NC Boekelo and 1st with Team

18th Ringwood Sky Boy (ISH) – 2003 gelding by Courage II (HOLST) out of Sky Lassie (ISH), by Sky Boy (TB). Breeder: Myles Mahon, Co. Wexford. Owners: Mr Robert Taylor, Mrs Varenna Allen, Tim Price and Rider: Tim Price (NZL)
4th – CCI4* Burghley 2016
4th – CCI4* Luhmuhlen 2016
5th – CIC3* Tattersalls 2016
2nd  – CCI4* Burghley 2015

25th One Two Many (ISH) – 2002 gelding by Chacoa (HOLST) out of Cul Na Breathar (ISH), by Colin Diamond (ISH). Breeder: John O’Brien, Co. Limerick. Owners: Ry Kemp & Janine Shewan. Rider: Nicola Wilson (GBR)
4th  – CCI4* Pau 2016
1st – CIC3* Hartpury 2016
7th –  CCI4* Badminton 2015
1st –  CIC3* Burgham 2015

29th Fernhill Fugitive (ISH) – 2005 gelding by Lux Z (HANN) out of Barnadown Ramiro (ISH,) by Ramiro B (BWP). Breeder: Maurice Cousins, Co. Wexford. Owners: Thomas Tierney & Ann Jones. Rider: Phillip Dutton (USA)
13th  – CCI4* Rolex Kentucky 2016
1st  – CIC3* Tallahassee Florida 2016
1st – CCI3* Temecula CA 2015
9th  – CCI4* Rolex Kentucky 2015

33rd ODT Ghareeb (ISH) – 2004 gelding by Ghareeb (TB) out of Celestial Rose (ISH), by Tulla Flight (ISH). Breeder: Sean Grier, Kilkenny. Owners: Kathleen Wilkinson & Rachel Wood. Rider: Oliver Townend (GBR)
2nd  – CCI3* Blair Castle 2016
3rd  – CIC3* Burgham 2016
8th  – CCI3*Samaur 2016

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