As always it was lovely to catch up with so many riders and it was especially special to meet USA’s Laine Ashker who was over visiting friends for the week. Laine is an instagram phenomenon and her feed is well worth a follow for riding tips, grids and insights in to the American way of equestrian life.
Great Britain’s William Fox-Pitt and Little Fire win the Cooley Farm CCI1* Young Horse Class at Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair in association with Horse Sport Ireland.
Since its inception and for the second year running, Great Britain’s William Fox-Pitt cruised to victory winning the Cooley Farm CCI1* Class riding Jennifer Dowling’s seven-year-old gelding Little Fire. The combination, who produced a dressage score of 35.60 putting them into second place after that phase, moved up to first place after a clear cross-country round and maintained that position when concluding the class with just 1 fault in showjumping.
Finishing in second place was New Zealand’s Tim Price riding his own Kincooley Cruising completing the competition on 40.50 and in third place was Great Britain’s Tom McEwen riding Ginny Rusher’s Royal Roxey finishing on a final mark of 40.50.
William Fox-Pitt and Secret Night win the Eventing Ireland CCI2* at Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair in association with Horse Sport Ireland
There were scenes of joy and celebration at Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair as Great Britain’s William Fox-Pitt took to the podium for the tenth time. Fox-Pitt, who was returning to the form of his life after his recent accident, followed up on his win in the CCI1*, by landing Eventing Ireland CCI2* class riding Catherine Witt’s Secret Knight. The pair went straight into the lead after dressage on 39.70 and maintained the lead right throughout the competition on a clean sheet.
In second place was New Zealand’s Jonelle Price and Cooley Showtime on a clean sheet and finishing 39.70 and in third place was Great Britain’s Oliver Townend and Ridire Dorcha on a score of 42.00.
A hotly contested renewal of the Land Rover CCI1* Class saw Great Britain’s Dani Evans step onto the winning podium to claim the title. Riding Mrs Ann Butler’s Marstonpark Lupina, the pair completed all three phases to finish and win the competition on a score of 39.50.
In second place was fellow Great Britain Emilie Chandler riding Cooley Roller Coaster, completing the class on 41.50 and in third place was Jonathan Paget from New Zealand with Optimus Prime (42.40).
The under 24’s took to the main stage to contest the Connolly’s Red Mills CCI2*and it was Great Britain’s Tom Jackson and Susan Jenkins’ Dusty who took top honours finishing all three phases on his dressage score of 43.70.
Great Britain took second and third places also as David Doel and Kiltubrid Rhapsody finished in second on 49.40 and Hector Payne and Dynasty finishing in third on 50.90.
Ireland’s Padraig McCarthy riding Simon Porloe win the George Mernagh Memorial CIC3* at Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair in association with Horse Sport Ireland.
It was a nail-biting finish in the George Mernagh Memorial CIC3*; Ireland’s Austin O’Connor and Kilpatrick Knight led going into the cross-country phase. Although producing a clear round of jumping over designer Ian Stark’s challenging course, the lead changed hands into fellow Irish-man Padraig McCarthy riding his own Simon Porloe who produced a faster round and took the title on a score of 49.60 leaving O’Connor in second place on a score of 51.90.
In third place was another Irish-man, Jonty Evans who finished on a score of 54.90 riding Cooley Rorkes Drift.
Popular Aussie Paul Tapner and Prince Mayo win The Irish Field CCI3* at Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair in association with Horse Sport Ireland
The crowds roared as Australia’s Paul Tapner riding Fred and Penny Barker’s Irish Bred Prince Mayo produced a clear round of jumping to win The Irish Field CCI3* at Tattersalls International Horse Trials. Tapner and Prince Mayo, who were initially in third place after dressage, moved up to second after cross-country when going clear and by giving an exhibition of jumping in the main arena, moved up to first to win the class on his original score of 44.80.
In second place was Great Britain’s Flora Harris riding Cooley Lord Lux who moved up from eleventh place after their dressage to finish on 60.90 and in third place was yet another Great British representative, Michael Owen and the Highland Prince who finished the competition with a score of 62.90.
On Sunday afternoon, 5 June 2016 on the concluding day of the Tattersalls International and Country Fair, the three recipients of the 2016 George Mernagh Memorial Fund (GMMF) Bursaries were announced and presented by Event Director Jean Mitchell and Tattersalls Ireland Managing Director Roger Casey. The winners each received a bursary worth €5,000.
Ian was a member of the Junior Eventing Squad at the 2012 FEI European Championships at Strezgom, in Poland.
Since then he has been deeply involved with IURCA [Irish Universities Riding Clubs Association] – competing in the SRNC [Student Rider’s Nation Cup] – Combined Show Jumping and Dressage Competitions at:
Marburg, Germany in 2015: Team and Individual Dressage Gold medallist and Team Silver and Individual Bronze Overall Combined medallist
Also winning Team and Individual medals in competitions at Jerez, Spain in 2015 and at Lund, Sweden in 2014.
Ian has already been selected for the Irish Team to compete at the SRNC in Poznan, Poland in 2016, and at the “World University Equestrian Championships” [WUEC] in Flyinge, Sweden from 27th June – 3rd July 2016.
In September Ian will begin his last year of a 4 year Agricultural Science Degree [BAgrSc – Hons] at University College, Dublin.
Currently competed in the CCI1* class at Tattersalls International Horse Trials with his horse “Ringwood Minim”, finishing in a very creditable 15th position – out of 64 starters!
Would like to focus his training on Show Jumping – possibly to travel abroad to learn and develop methods of training which are NEW to him!
Emma is a para-equestrian carriage driver who has represented Ireland at four previous World Championships for Drivers with Disabilities, finishing 9th at the 2014 World Championships in Sandringham.
She is now paired with a driving pony with the potential to achieve even greater results at International level, and is completely reliant on “self-funding” to travel abroad to compete – this year to Holland.
Emma suffered a spinal cord injury in a fall at the age of 18, when she was an equine studies student – and Driving Trials have enabled her to remain heavily involved in equestrian sports.
She is also very keen to encourage other people who have suffered similar injuries, to “Try Driving” sessions – by using her “adapted” carriage and an ex-world championship pony. These sessions will be facilitated by Sarah Mullins.
Emma is also a Member of The Carriage Driving Committee of Horse Sport Ireland.
Carolyn started competing in dressage with Hail’s Vision – the first Irish Bred horse to represent Ireland in Dressage – producing him from a 4 year old – to Small Tour International!
She is the Chairman of the Northern Region of Dressage Ireland, and was instrumental in steering the committee to running Ireland’s 1st “Senior Friendly” International – which proved a great success!
She also sits on the Board of Dressage Ireland.
Carolyn is presently training 2 of her own horses to Grand Prix level with Pammy Hutton – and will use the bursary to help to increase the number of training sessions – which will, in turn, help her to further train her own pupils – towards their dressage goals.
Her pupils include quite a few Under 25 year old riders, one of which is aiming at the FEI Pony European Dressage Championships, at Vilhelmsbourg, in Denmark this year!
Having spent 30 years running her own business, and sourcing and producing many talented horses, Carolyn’s enthusiasm and determination is as strong as ever, and this bursary will enable her to fulfil many more goals!
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