Results of the HSI Sport Horse Foal Championship 2016
- 29 August 2016, 15:40
The final of the Horse Sport Ireland Foal Championships took in Cavan Equestrian Centre on the 26th August. This Foal Championship, with a very generous prize fund of €30,000, aims to identify, evaluate and reward breeders who have bred a foal that has the potential to be competitive at the highest International level in the disciplines of show jumping or eventing.
This year saw 6 well-contested regional qualifiers where 4 foals from each qualified for the final; the best show jumping type colt and filly, and the best eventing type colt and filly.
David O’Brien and Barry O’Connor were the judges for the show jumping section and Jessica Harrington and Janet Murray judged the eventing section. Foals were be judged on their functional conformation, walk, trot, canter, overall athleticism and balance as well as pedigree.
The champion show jumping colt was awarded to FSS Freestyle (ISH) – colt by Plot Blue (KWPN) out of Cimenta C (SPH) by Orlando Van De Heffinck (BWP). Owner/Breeder: Olive Clarke. The reserve was awarded to Patrick J Cooke’s colt by Baltic VDL (KWPN) out of Leaving Cruise Mount (ISH) by Cruising (ISH).
In the filly’s section, the champion title went to Castleforbes Gillian (ISH) – filly by Kannan (KWPN) out of Castleforbes Libertina (WESTF) by Libero H (HOLST). Owner/Breeder: Lady Georgina Forbes. The reserve was awarded to Pam Walshe’s filly by Cornet Obolensky (BWP) out of Jump the Q (ISH) by OBOS Quality 004 (OLD).
The champion eventing colt was won by Unnamed (ISH) – colt by Colandro (HOLST) out of Silken Twist (ISH) by Coronea Eagle (ISH). Owner/Breeder: Helen Troughton. The reserve was awarded to Robert Moore’s colt by Cavalierland (ISH) out of Bouncing Spa (ISH) by Grange Bouncer (ID C1).
The champion eventing filly was awarded to Glenkeeran Jasmine (ISH) – filly by Camiro De Haar Z (ZANG) out of Glenkeeran Annie (ISH) by Cruise On (ISH). Owner/Breeder: Maria Melvin. The reserve was awarded to Derry Rothwell’s filly by Dignified Van’t Zorgvliet (BWP) out of Greenhall Dot (ISH) by Cruising (ISH).
The best traditionally bred foal at the championships was Killossery Karacter (ISH) (TIH) – colt by Hill Master (ISH) out of Killossery Karina (ISH) by Spring Diamond (ISH). Owner/Breeder: F & L Glynn
In addition to their championship prize money, the champion show jumping colt and filly have been offered free entry into the Cavan Elite Foal Sale, which will take place on the 22nd September at Cavan Equestrian Centre should their owners be interested in selling their foals.
Horse Sport Ireland, Director of Breeding Alison Corbally would like to congratulate all the breeders of these quality foals and wish their owners best of luck with their future production, where hopefully we will see them competing in the international areas in the future. I would also like to extend our thanks to our judges and to Cavan Equestrian Centre for hosting the final tonight.