Vard names Irish Sport Horse Studbook combinations for Valkenswaard

  • 8 September 2023, 19:14

Horse Sport Ireland is delighted to announce the team of horses that will represent of the Irish Sport Horse Studbook at the inaugural WBFSH Studbooks Jumping Global Champions Trophy.

This first ever Inter-Studbook Team Championship will be held at the Longines Tops International Arena in Valkenswaard, Netherlands, from September 28th to 1st October 2023.

A total of 20 Irish-bred horses will represent the Irish Sport Horse Studbook across four age categories, 5-, 6-, 7- and 8-year-olds as selected by Horse Sport Ireland’s Showjumping Young Horse Team Chef d’Equipe Taylor Vard.

Speaking on the squad selected to compete in Valkenswaard, Vard said: “The WBFSH Studbooks Jumping Global Champions Trophy in Valkenswaard is taking place just four days after Lanaken finishes.

“We have teams comprising of five horses in all four age categories up to and including the 8-year-olds that are showing great potential.

“This has also opened an exciting opportunity for some of our young riders to take up some team positions along with some of our more experienced riders that will give them fantastic experience on such a prestigious stage, and I hope this exposure will help develop our young horses for the future.

”I’m very excited about this squad and hopefully we can continue our good form with the young horses and make Valkenswaard as happy a hunting ground as Lanaken has been for us over the years. A big thank you to the owners and riders for making their horses available to travel.”

Ireland Chef d’Equipe for Walkenswaard Taylor Vard

Studbooks Operation Manager Paul O’Connor added: “We are delighted to be sending a 20-strong string of Irish Sport Horses to participate in the WBFSH Studbooks Jumping Global Champions Trophy in Valkenswaard.

“This is the first time such an event has been hosted by the WBFSH and follows a team jumping format versus the existing individual Young Horse Jumping World Championship in Lanaken.

“This event represents a unique opportunity to provide Irish breeders, owners, and producers the ability to campaign young Irish bred horses in an FEI sanctioned international showjumping team class, while representing the Irish Sport Horse Studbook.

”Participation in such events supports breeders and owners to add value to these horses, their damlines and market them to an international audience. I wish to thank the team Chef d’Equipe Taylor Vard for his work to date with these combinations and careful selection throughout the previous months. The HSI team and I are looking forward to supporting the team and wish Taylor and all combinations the very best of luck!”

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Realteens Orestus (ISH).
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).
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)
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).

Glidawn Gigi (ISH).
Mare by I’m Special De Muze (BWP) out of Drumin Jacqueline (ISH), by Jack Of Diamonds (SWB).
Bred and owned by Gerard Burke, Co. Waterford.
Ridden by Gemma Phelan (IRL).

LCC Dunard Lady Dominator (ISH).
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).


RSK Quality Cruise (ISH).
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).
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).
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).

Castleconnell Candy Man (ISH).
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)

ESI Indigo (ISH).
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).


Curraghgraigue Jack Bro (ISH).
Gelding by Orestus (KWPN) out of Curraghgraigue Errigal (ISH)[TIH], by Errigal Flight (ISH)[TIH].
Bred and owned by Baden Powell, Co. Tipperary.
Ridden by Gemma Phelan (IRL).

Shannondale Anzac (ISH)
Gelding by Shannondale Sarco (BWP) out of Shannondale Maria (ISH), by Lux Z (Hann).
Bred by Martin Walsh, Co. Clare.
Owned by Mimi Falb.
Ridden by Alfie Bradstock (GBR).

Benny’s Lass (ISH).
Mare by Tullibards Benny’s Legacy (OLD) out of Patrick’s Polly (ISH)[TIH], by Nad Elshiba (TB).
Bred by Tom Hutchinson, Co. Laois.
Owned by Paraic Kenny.
Ridden by Paraic Kenny (IRL).

Clonterm Obolensky (ISH).
Gelding by Cornet Obolensky (BWP) out of She Has The Lux (ISH), by Lux Z (Hann).
Bred by Brian Duff, Co. Meath.
Owned by Oliver Glancy.
Ridden by Oliver Glancy Jr. (IRL).

Cornet Clover Girl (ISH).
Mare by Cornet Obolensky (BWP) out of Hermes Clover (ISH), by Hermes De Reve (SF)
Bred by Seamus Carew, Co. Tipperary.
Owned by Sean Monaghan.
Ridden by Sean Monaghan (IRL).


WEC Mermus Rua (ISH).
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).

DHF Alliance (ISH)
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).

Tranquility Bay (ISH).
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).

CBI Karhari (ISH).
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).

Kilcorig Elyshium (ISH).
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).

The following horses have been selected as reserves for the WBFSH Studbooks Jumping Global Champions Trophy:


Kilfarissey To Rome (ISH).
Mare by Romanov (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).

Belmondo (ISH).
Gelding by KEC Maximum Joe (Wesf) out of Kilmeague Clover (ISH), by Voltaire (Hann).
Bred by Enda Corry, Co. Clare.
Owned by Regula Wassmer.
Ridden by Megan McGettigan (IRL).


Dunboyne (ISH).
Gelding by Elvis Ter Putte (BWP) out of Wrenwood Bambilino (ISH), by Sibon W (KWPN).
Bred by Stacey Babes, Co. Dublin.
Owned by the Minister For Defence.
Ridden by Lt. Michaeli Byrne (IRL).

Starfield Brighteye (ISH).
Gelding by Luidam (KWPN) out of Starfield Primavera (ISH), by Vivaldo Van Het Costerveld (BWP).
Bred by Lino Orlandi, Co. Westmeath.
Owned by Powers Equine.
Ridden by Katie Power (IRL).

The Wayfarer (ISH).
Stallion by Garryduff Jar Of Hearts (ISH) out of Garryduff Tally (ISH), by Taloubet Z (KWPN).
Bred by James Joyce, Co. Mayo.
Owned by Wayfarer Farm LLC.
Ridden by James Joyce (IRL).


MCS Leisester (ISH)
Gelding by Dallas VDL (BWP) out of Rose Of Lennon (ISH), by Zuidam (KWPN).
Bred by Clare Sloan, Co. Antrim.
Owned by Richard Bourns.
Ridden by Joanne Blair (IRL).

Carrickview Emerald K (ISH).
Gelding by Emerald Van’t Ruytershof (BWP) out of Daisy Cruise (ISH), by Cruise On (ISH)[TIH].
Bred by Cormac McKay, Co. Tyrone.
Owned by Emma O’Dwyer and Heather Blair.
Ridden by Emma O’Dwyer (IRL).


Carrigshawn Vendi Royale (ISH).
Gelding by Dondoctro Ryal K (KWPN) out of Carrigshawn Vendi (ISH), by Ars Vivendi (Holst).
Bred by John Warner, Co. Wexford.
Owned by Francis, Jenny & Kate Connors.
Ridden by Francis Connors (IRL).

Bellevue Celestial (ISH).
Mare by Luidam (KWPN) out of Bellevue Bird Of Paradise (ISH), by Limmerick (Holst).
Bred by Ruth Loney, Co. Armagh.
Owned by David Quigley.
Ridden by Anthony Condon (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.