Irish team facing into an important second day in Valkenswaard

  • 29 September 2023, 10:00

Ahead of second day of the WBFSH Jumping Global Champions Trophy kicking off in the Longines Tops International Arena in Valkenswaard, the Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) Young Horse Jumping Squad representing the Irish Sport Horse Studbook are looking to continue their good form from Day 1.

In the Five-Year-Old division, the Irish team are sitting on just a single time fault following clears from Richard Kerins with Realteens Orestus (ISH), Stephen Gibbons with Ceide Candy Heart (ISH) and Kian Dore with Cape Tribulation (ISH). Paddy O’Donnell with Kilfarissey To Rome (ISH) brought home a single time fault. Annie Courtney-Cadam and LCC Dunard Lady Dominator (ISH) had a single pole down to leave the Irish team leading the way going into the second qualifier.

In the Six-Year-Old division, clear rounds from Oisin Aylward with the Preliminary Approved stallion in the Irish Sport Horse Studbook, ESI Indigo (ISH) and Paddy O’Donnell with Castleconnell Candy Man (ISH). With four faults coming from Richard Kerins with RSK Quality Cruise (ISH), Johnathan Mulligan with Kathleens Candy Clover (ISH) and Robert Splaine with Coolcorran Lone Ranger (ISH), the Irish Sport Horse Studbook is left in a four way tie for second place with the Westphalian, Hannoverian and Zangersheide studbooks. The Anglo European Studbook and Selle Francais lead the way on a zero score.

In the Eight-Year-Old age category, the first and second placings of Comdt. Geoff Curran with DHF Alliance (ISH) and Jonathan Gordon with CBI Karhari (ISH) along with the four fault counting scores of Paddy O’Donnell with WEC Mermus Rua (ISH) and Joanne Blair with Tranquility Bay (ISH) leave the Irish Sport Horse Studbook tied for second with the Selle Francais studbook behind the KWPN who lead on zero.

After a successful first day Chef d’Equipe Taylor Vard said: “It was a good first day. My wishes came through with five-year-olds. Those three clear rounds from Stephen Gibbons, Richard Kerins and Kian Dore were a great way to finish the first qualifier.

“The six-year-olds put up a good performance also with two double clears from Oisin Aylward and Paddy O’Donnell. We’re in joint second and well positioned going into the second qualifier. It’s a great start to this championship.

“Tomorrow is another very important day with it being the second qualifier for the eight-year-olds and the five-year-olds, and the first seven-year-old qualifier. The combined scores from the two qualifiers determine our seeding for the finals, where the scores are wiped clear and we all start on zero again. It’s still all to play for.”

L – R: Kian Dore with Cape Tribulation (ISH), Stephen Gibbons with Ceide Candy Heart (ISH) and Richard Kerins with Realteens Orestus (ISH). All clear in the first Five-Year-Old qualifier. Photocredit – Taylor Vard

The 2023 Horse Sport Ireland Young Horse Squads are kindly supported by Bluegrass Horse Feed and Janni Bars, and Bucas Ireland.




Realteens Orestus (ISH)
2018, Gelding by Orestus (KWPN) out of Realteen (ISH)[TIH], by Cruising (ISH)[TIH].
Bred and owned by Sean Keyes & Jennifer Crowley, Co. Roscommon.
Ridden by Richard Kerins (IRL).

Ceide Candy Heart (ISH)
2018, Gelding by Garryduff Jar Of Hearts (ISH) out of Ceide Heather Honey (ISH), by Sligo Candy Boy (ISH).
Bred by Mary Walsh, Co. Mayo.
Owned by Mary Gibbons.
Ridden by Stephen Gibbons (IRL).

Cape Tribulation (ISH)
2018, Gelding by Womaniser (KWPN) out of Creevy Quinn Lass (ISH)[TIH], by Cruising (ISH)[TIH]
Bred by Peter Killeen, Co. Roscommon.
Owned by Edel Dore.
Ridden by Kian Dore (IRL).

Kilfarrisey To Rome (ISH)
2018, Mare by Romanov II (KWPN) out of Shannondale Tia (ISH), by Shannondale Sarco (BWP).
Bred by Shannondale Stud, Co. Clare.
Owned by Kate O’Sullivan.
Ridden by Paddy O’Donnell (IRL).

LCC Dunard Lady Dominator (ISH)
2018, Mare by Dominator 2000 Z (Zang) out of Lady Amaretto (ISH), by Captain Clover (ISH)[TIH].
Bred by Cathy Cuffe, Co. Westmeath.
Owned by Linda Courtney.
Ridden by Annie Courtney-Cadam (IRL).


ESI Indigo (ISH)
2017, Stallion by Dakar VDL (KWPN) out of ESI Paris (ISH), by Guidam (SF).
Bred and owned by Ennisnag Stud, Co. Kilkenny.
Ridden by Oisin Aylward (IRL).

Castleconnell Candy Man (ISH)
2017, Gelding by Sligo Candy Boy (ISH) out of Castleconnell Lucky Lady (ISH), by Mermus R (KWPN).
Bred by Greg Clohessy, Co. Limerick.
Owned by Alberta Capital Limited.
Ridden by Paddy O’Donnell (IRL)

RSK Quality Cruise (ISH)
2017, Gelding by OBOS Quality 004 (OLD) out of Another Cruise (ISH)[TIH], by Cruising (ISH)[TIH]
Bred by Charlie McElhinney, Co. Donegal.
Owned by Susanne Kerins
Ridden by Richard Kerins (IRL).

Coolcorron Lone Ranger (ISH)
2017, Stallion by Tyson (KWPN) out of Jokers Bell C (ISH), by Slyguff Joker VII (WNTR).
Bred by Robert Splaine, Co. Cork.
Owned by Linda O’Connor and Robert Splaine.
Ridden by Robert Splaine (IRL).

Kathleens Candy Clover (ISH)
2017, Gelding by Sligo Candy Boy (ISH) out of Green Road Tulip (Unk).
Bred by Kathleen O’Reilly, Co. Leitrim.
Owned by Bernard Reynolds.
Ridden by John Mulligan (IRL).


DHF Alliance (ISH)
2015, Mare by ARD VDL Douglas (KWPN) out of Rosie Bee (ISH), by Lux Z (Hann).
Bred by Paul Douglas, Co. Tyrone.
Owned by Jessica Stallard & Minister for Defence.
Ridden by Cmmdt. Geoff Curran (IRL).

CBI Karhari (ISH)
2015, Stallion by Goodluck VDL (KWPN) out of CSF Karina (ISH), by Kroongraaf (KWPN)
Bred by Aidan Carroll, Co. Offaly.
Owned by Denis Gallagher.
Ridden by Jonathan Gordon (IRL).

WEC Mermus Rua (ISH)
2015, Gelding by Mermus R (KWPN) out of DRS Chattanooga (ISH)[TIH], by Abalou Verte (KWPN).
Bred by Ray Brown, Co. Westmeath.
Owned by Patrick Peare.
Ridden by Paddy O’Donnell (IRL).

Tranquility Bay (ISH)
2015, Gelding by Emerald Van’t Ruytershof (BWP) out of Tullibards Lux Sensational (ISH), by Lux Z (Hann).
Bred by John Mulvey, Co. Wicklow.
Owned by Richard Bourns.
Ridden by Joanne Blair (IRL).

Kilcorig Elyshium (ISH)
2015, Gelding by Cornet Obolensky (BWP) out of Kilcorig Belle (ISH), by Camiro De Haar Z (Zang).
Bred by Nigel Jackson, Co. Antrim.
Owned by Alberta Capital Limited.
Ridden by Paddy O’Donnell (IRL).

Participation at the FEI WBFSH Studbooks Global Trophy for Young Horses in Valkenswaard is funded by the Department of Food, Agriculture and the Marine under National Breeding Services.


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