Three Irish Sport Horses finish in the Top Ten at Badminton CCI5*

  • 11 May 2023, 11:02
Ballaghmor Class records another top five CCI5* finish

Ballaghmor Class (ISH) finished best of the Irish-bred horses at Badminton Horse Trials, coming home in second place with British rider Oliver Townend. Bred by Noel Hickey, this is the seventh top five placing at 5* level for this combination. The 16-year-old gelding is by Courage II and out of the Irish Sport Horse mare Kilderry Place.

Capels Hollow Drift (ISH) finished in fifth place with Tom Jackson and Majas Hope and Pippa Funnell were tenth.


See below for the full list of Irish-bred Eventing results:

Badminton Horse Trials (UK). 4th – 8th May 2023.


2nd Ballaghmor Class (ISH) – 2007 gelding Courage II (HOLST) out of Kilderry Place (ISH). Breeder: Noel Hickey, Co Limerick. Rider: Oliver Townend (GBR) 24.7, 4, 21.2 = 50.3

5th Capels Hollow Drift (ISH) – 2011 gelding by Shannondale Sarco St Ghyvan (BEWB) out of Lucky Crest (ISH)[TIH] by Lucky Gift (TB). Breeder: Jeanette Glynn, Co Clare. Rider: Tom Jackson (GBR) 28.0, 0, 30.4 = 58.4

10th Majas Hope (ISH)[TIH] – 2007 gelding by Porter Rhodes (TB) out of Brown Sue (ISH)[TIH] by Flagmount King (ID). Breeder: Jack Murphy, Co Kilkenny. Rider: Pippa Funnell (GBR) 32.6, 8.8, 24.8 = 66.2.

Other Irish Bred Finishers

12th Oughterard Cooley (ISH)[TIH] [was Oughterard Sky Boy] – 2010 gelding by Puissance (ISH)[TIH] out of Oughterard Sky Cruise (ISH)[TIH] by Cruising (ISH)[TIH]. Breeder: Gerard Lynch, Co Clare. Rider: Wills Oakden (GBR) 70.6

16th Away Cruising (ISH) – 2007 gelding by Cruise On (ISH)[TIH] out of Parklands Princess [ISH] by Able Albert (TB). Breeder: Eamon O’Flaherty, Co Kildare. Rider: Harry Meade (GBR) 80.2

19th Possible Mission (ISH) – 2007 gelding by Temple Clover (ISH)[TIH] out of Bahrain Supreme (ISH) by Ricardo Z (ZANG). Breeder: Richard Barron Jnr, Co Waterford. Rider: Tom Rowland (GBR) 88.7

21st Blackthorn Cruise (ISH) – 2009 gelding by Vancouver (KWPN) out of MS Cruise (ISH)[TIH] by Cruising (ISH)[TIH]. Breeder: David Carey, Co Mayo. Rider: Daniel Jocelyn (NZL) 91.5

23rd Monbeg Senna (ISH) – 2010 gelding by Zapatero VDL (KWPN) out of Brooklyn Breeze (ISH) by Heritage Fortunus (HANN). Breeder: Ennisnag Stud, Co Kilkenny. Rider: Katherine Coleman (USA) 94.2

25th Cooley One To Many (ISH) – 2008 gelding by Jack Of Diamonds (SWB) out of Taffin [ISH] by Delamain (TB). Breeder: Ronnie Kelly, Co Limerick. Rider: Dan Jocelyn (NZL) 98.0

29th CMS Google (SIES) – 2010 mare by Baltimore (BWP) out of Shalom Internet (ISH) by Cavalier Royale (HOLST). Breeder: Ray O’Reilly, Co Cavan. Rider: Kristina Hall-Jackson (GBR) 132.1

30th Greenacres Special Cavalier (ISH) – 2013 mare by Cavalier Royale (HOLST) out of Greenacres Touch (ISH) by Touchdown (ISH). Breeder: Michael Callery, Co Meath. Rider: Caroline Powell (NZL) 135.0.


Waredaca HT (USA). 7th – 8th May 2023


2nd Sportsfield All Out (ISH) – 2015 gelding by Chillout (ISH) out of  Bloomingdale Rose (ISH)[TIH] by Sheer Danzig (TB)[IRL]. Breeder: Peter McHugh. Rider: Kaitlin Clasing (USA) 33.1, 4, 10.0 = 47.1

3rd Slieve Callan Alpha (ISH) – 2013 gelding by Porsch (BWP) out of Gi Miz Minx (ISH) by Courage II (HOLST). Breeder: Niamh Tottenham, Co Clare. Rider: Ema Klugman (USA) 35.2, 0, 13.6 = 48.8.


Texas Rose Horse Park (USA). 6th – 78th May 2023

3rd BT Jump the Gun (ISH)[TIH] – 2012 gelding by Copper Field (CP) out of Fida Kahlo (TB) by Cricket Ball (TB). Breeder: Dan O’Brien, Co Waterford. Rider: Makenzie Lowe (USA) 35.2, 0, 3.6 = 38.8

3rd Blakeneys Cruise (ISH) – 2017 gelding by FSS Correlli Bravo (ISH) out of Caoimhes Crusing (ISH) by Cruising (ISH)[TIH]. Breeder: Brendan Noone. Rider: Quidley Kellermann (USA) 28.8, 0, 13.6 = 42.4

6th Excel Star Saphira (ISH) [was AOC Piper] – 2016 mare by Future Trend (OLD) out of KEC Snooping Around (ISH) by Aldatus Z (OLD). Breeder: Andrew O’Connell. Rider: Sydney Schultz (USA) 26.0, 4, 23.2 = 53.2.

Open Modified

2nd Cajun Quality (ISH) [was Birrinview Dazzler] – 2017 gelding by Dakar VDL (KWPN) out of Birrinview Holly (ISH)[TIH] by Cougar (ISH)[TIH]. Breeder: Cyril Staphens. Rider: Ashley Hays (USA) 31.7, 4, 0.0 = 35.7

4th Fernhill Quite Frankly (ISH) – 2015 gelding by OBOS Quality 004 (OLD) out of Rusheen Lux (ISH) by Lux Z (HANN). Breeder: Gerard Grace. Rider: Rebecca Brown (USA) 31.2, 4, 6.4 = 41.6.


Wind Ridge Farm Spring (USA). 6th – 7th May 2023


3rd Stonehavens Royal Touch (ISH) [was Farmhill Royal Touch & Cooley Stonehill] – 2009 gelding by Finbars Touch [ISH] out of Black Roller [ISH] by High Roller [ISH]. Breeder: Gerard Callan, Co Louth. Rider: Tess Molinar (USA) 26.6, 0, 10.0 = 36.6

5th Metalbridge Knight (ISH) – 2017 gelding by Uskerty Sweet Lad (ISH)[TIH] out of Luxs Sky (ISH) by Olympic Lux (KWPN). Breeder: Jim Doyle. Rider: Matthew Ulmer (USA) 31.8, 4, 54.4 = 90.2.


Munster (GER). 6th – 7th May 2023

CCI3* Short

3rd Lux Like Cruise (ISH) – 2012 gelding by Lux Z (HANN) out of Hyundai Santa Fe (ISH)[TIH] by Cruising (ISH)[TIH]. Breeder: Oliver Walsh. Rider: Renske Kroeze (NED) 32.0, 0, 2.0 = 34.0

10th Stonehavens Karaba (ISH) [was Stonehavens Penhills Cabra0 – 2013 gelding by Cobra (HOLST) out of Karla (KWPN) by Vink Guidam (SF). Breeder: Gillian Connors, Co Waterford. Rider: Ben Leuwer (GER) 33.5, 0, 6.8 = 40.3.

CCI2* Short

10th Kilcoltrim Seanie (ISH) – 2012 gelding by Waldo Van Dungen (KWPN) out of Naomh Moling (TB)[IRL] by Bob’s Return (TB)[IRL]. Breeder: Pierce Doyle, Co Carlow. Rider: Robert Sirch (GER) 35.2, 0, 0.0 = 35.2.

These results have been provided to Horse Sport Ireland by Charlie Ripman.

The Irish bred eventing results are part-funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine under the Equine Technical Support Fund.