Smith shines in opening leg of HSI Eventing Studbook Series

  • 13 June 2023, 16:30
Steven Smith claimed first and second in the six-year-old division at Clonmahon House

Steven Smith with Strangford (ISH) winners of the 6-year-old HSI Studbook Series in Clonmahon House. Photo: Irish Eventing Times

The 2023 Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) Eventing Studbook Series kicked off on Saturday, 10th of June, at the inaugural one-day event in Clonmahon House, Summerhill, Co Meath.

In the 7-year-old division it was Sara Glynn and Granny Jean’s Unicorn (ISH) who took the honours ahead of dressage leaders Patrick Whelan and Dermish Chill (ISH). Owned by Sara Glynn and rider Laura Glynn Granny Jean’s Unicorn is by Jack of Diamonds (SWB) and out of Killossery Ringwood (ISH).

The 6-year-old class attracted high entries and proved highly competitive with only three combinations completing on their dressage score. It was a one-two for Steven Smith who won the class with Strangford (ISH) on a score of 31.3 and was second with CJO Kann Surprise (ISH) on 31.8. Fellow Northern Irish rider Joseph Murphy completed the podium with Dstud Flirtation (ISH).

Adding 3.2 time penalties cross country and one show jump down to finish in fourth place was Wexford native Patrick Whelan and Power Eire (ISH). Completing the top five was Niamh Tottenham and her own homebred gelding Slieve Callan Gael (ISH).

Adam Haugh with Chrome (ISH) winners of the 5-year-old HSI Studbook Series. Photo: Irish Eventing Times

Adam Haugh won the 5-year-old class with his own Chrome (ISH) on a score of 28. Unlike the 6-year-old division, the majority of combinations finished on their dressage score. Unfortunately, the only combination to be eliminated cross country were the dressage leaders Caitie Slater and Belline Ames to Please (ISH). Slater did finish fifth with JFH Golden Spear (ISH)[TIH).

Elaine O’Connor claimed second place with Tullymurry Grace (ISH). This is the fourth top three placing for this mare since she began her eventing career last summer. Lucy McIlroy was third with Imperial Warrior (ISH) and Tottenham, riding Slieve Callan Solice (ISH) were fourth. Slieve Callan Solice is a full-brother to Slieve Callan Gael who placed in the 6-year-old class.

McIlroy also picked up league points as the only Young Rider to score points across all three age divisions.

The second leg of the HSI Eventing Studbook Series will take place in Rosanna, Co Wicklow on Saturday 17th of June, entries close at 5pm on Tuesday 13th of June.

The Eventing Studbook Series is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine under National Breeding Services and HSI’s coverage is brought to you in association with Redmond Property Maintenance.

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Granny Jean’s Unicorn (ISH) – 2016 mare by Jack of Diamonds (SWB) out of Killossery Ringwood (ISH) by Touchdown (ISH). Breeder: Sara Glynn. Owner: Sara Glynn and Laura Glynn. Rider: Sara Glynn (IRL)

Dermish Chill (ISH) – 2016 gelding by Chillout (ISH) out of Kilnamac Poppy (ISH) by Ricardo Z (ZANG). Breeder: Patrick Finn. Owner: Paul Donovan. Rider: Patrick Whelan (IRL)

Strangford (ISH) – 2017 gelding by Luidam (KWPN) out of Templepatrick Dara Bay (ISH) by Cruisings Micky Finn (ISH). Breeder: Dorothea Wilson. Owner: Terry Johnston. Rider: Steven Smith (IRL)

CJO Kann Surprise (ISH) – 2017 gelding by Kannan (BEWP) out of CJO Curiosity Lux (ISH) by Lux Z (HANN). Breeder: Trevor Overend. Owner: Caroline Overend and Carla Leitch. Rider: Steven Smith (IRL)

Power Eire (ISH) – 2017 mare by Superior Premium (GB)(TB) out of Bing Power (ISH) by Tomgar Power Crest (ISH). Breeder: Bryan Maguire. Owner: Bryan Maguire. Rider: Patrick Whelan (IRL)

Slieve Callan Gael (ISH) – 2017 gelding by Tyson (KWPN) out of GI Miz Minx (ISH) by Courage II (HOLST). Breeder: Niamh Tottenham. Owner: Niamh Tottenham. Rider: Niamh Tottenham (IRL)

Dstud Flirtation (ISH) – 2017 gelding by Bernhard (KWPN) out of Lazelle D’Aubery (WESTF) by Lancer III (HOLST). Breeder: Gary Jackson. Owner: Joseph Murphy. Rider: Joseph Murphy (IRL)

Chrome (ISH) – 2018 mare by Coolkeeran (HOLST) out of Mo Chroi Mor (ISH) by Womanizer (KWPN). Breeder: Thomas Hutchinson. Owner: Adam Haugh. Rider: Adam Haugh (IRL)

Tullymurry Grace (ISH) – 2018 mare by Chillout (ISH) out of Tullymurry Holly (ISH) by Camiro De Haar Z (ZANG). Breeder: Marian Turley. Owner: David O’Connor. Rider: Elaine O’Connor (IRL)

Imperial Wonder (ISH) – 2018 gelding by Imperial Heights (ISH) out of Tiney (ISH) by Silver Wonder (IRE). Breeder: Amelia Comiskey. Owner: Lucy McIlroy. Rider: Lucy McIlroy (IRL)

Slieve Callan Solice (ISH) – 2018 gelding by Tyson (KWPN) out of GI Miz Minx (ISH) by Courage II (HOLST). Breeder: Niamh Tottenham. Owner: Niamh Tottenham. Rider: Niamh Tottenham (IRL)

JFH Golden Spear (ISH)[TIH) – 2018 gelding by Jackaroo (ISH) out of Ballybolger Georgina (ISH) by Craigsteel (GB). Breeder: Johnstown Sport Horses. Owner: Richard Ames. Rider: Caitie Slater (IRL)

Sara Glynn with Granny Jean’s Unicorn (ISH) winners of the 7-year-old class at Clonmahon House. Photo: Irish Eventing Times