Showjumping

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    Mayo's Cormac Hanley and the 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse stallion Captain Caruso scored a superb win in yesterday's (Thursday) 1m45 $10,000 Hermès Under 25 Welcome class at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida, USA.  Last week Cormac and his wonderful Irish Sport Horse triumphed in the 1.40 Meter Opening Speed and in a 1.45 Meter Jump Off competition at the International Equestrian Event so last nights’ win is the third from 3 Starts for the Mayo Combination.

    Last night Hanley finished three tenths of a second ahead of American runner-up Sydney Shulman and Villamoura.
    Cormac Hanley was also awarded with the Champion Equine Insurance Jumper Style Award from the 54 Starters in the Event.

    Captain Caruso is an Irish Sport Horse bred by Charles Hanley.  He is by Captain Clover which was also bred by Hanley in Claremorris.  Captain Clover was sold to Gabriel Slattery, Irishtown where he was campaigned as a showjumper and has proved very influential to Irish Horse Breeding.  Captain Caruso is certainly carrying on the tradition.

     

  • Mayo’s Alex Duffy claimed victory in the show jumping Grand Prix with the Nicola Fitzgibbon and Niall Talbot-owned gelding FTS Elliot finishing the weekend in style at the three-star Swiss show in Verbier.

    They produced the only double clear of the competition and came out on top after a nine-horse jump-off.

    On Saturday at the same venue, Duffy took victory in the six-bar with Gerd KG, clearing 1m95 in the final round.

    Meanwhile at Valence in France, Galway’s Michael Duffy took runner-up spot in the three-star Grand Prix with Egalini.

  • Co Down’s Conor Swail has taken runner-up spot in today’s (Sunday) four-star Grand Prix at Arezzo in Italy to take home just over €11,000. Thirteen combinations made it through to the jump-off including Mayo’s Cameron Hanley who briefly held the lead with Quirex before eventually finishing fifth.

    Swail took over top spot with a clear in 40.71 with the nine-year-old Domino van de Valhoeve but was overtaken by Italian home favourite Bruno Chimirri and Tower Mouche who collected the winners prize with a time of 40.27.

    Earlier in Arezzo, Meath’s Alexander Butler scored a victory in the 1m45 ranking class. Riding the 11-year-old gelding Theoreme du Desir, he produced the fastest clear of 64.83 seconds to take the top prize of just over €6,000.

    Across the Atlantic, Offaly’s Darragh Kenny and Cassini Z grabbed a place on the podium and a cheque for €45,000 in Saturday night’s Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix at Miami Beach in Florida, USA.

    Meanwhile Irish Youth riders completed a remarkable weekend in Belgium by winning both the Junior and Pony Grand Prix’s. Wexford’s Harry Allen stormed to victory in the Junior (U18) Grand Prix at Opglabbeek. He was the sole Irish representative in a 13-horse jump-off and riding the nine-year-old gelding Dis Moi Tout de Clairbois, he jumped clear in 41.03 to finish over two seconds ahead of Belgian runner-up Max Sebrechts with Cacacha van het Schaeck.

    The later Pony Grand Prix saw Irish riders fill the top two places. Kilkenny’s Seamus Hughes-Kennedy took the winners trophy with the Barbara O’Reilly-Hyland-owned Rock Dee Jay. Drawn third to go in a 10 horse jump-off, they posted what proved an unbeatable clear in 35.98. Tipperary’s Max Wachman and the Coolmore Showjumping-owned Aughnashammer completed an Irish 1-2 by finishing second with a clear in 36.67. Francis Derwin was first to go in the jump-off for Ireland with Rincoola Babog (ISH) and they produced the fastest time of the second round (34.13) but one fence down saw them finish ninth.

    The three Irish riders, along with Tom Wachman, were part of Gary Marshall’s team that won the Pony Nations Cup on Saturday at the same venue
  • In showjumping news -

    Mayo’s Cameron Hanley has been named on the Irish five-man squad for the Longines FEI Nations Cup series in France.

    The four team members will be picked later this week.

    Ireland will do battle with 7 other teams in the French Division one fixture.

    This is Ireland’s second of five points-scoring opportunities in Europe Division One.

     

  • Results of Primary School Jumping from Interschools Event At Claremorris Equestrian Centre – Sunday 18th November

     

     

    Novice Primary Schools

    Place

    Rider

    Pony

    School

    1st

    Lilly P. Slattery

    Dancer

    Knock Primary School

           

     

    Open Primary School

    Place

    Rider

    Pony

    School

    1st

    Lilly P Slattery

    Dancer

    Knock Primary School

     

     

    Results of Novice Schools Jumping from Interschools Event At Claremorris Equestrian Centre – Sunday 18th November

     

    Novice Teams

     

    1st

    St. Cuan's, Ballinasloe

         
     

    Ruth O'Connor

    Avril

       
     

    Rachel Oçonnor

    Lorenzo

       
     

    Dara Leonard

    Eglish Clover

       
     

    Keelin Lawlor

    Earlszo

       
             

    2nd

    Mount St Michael

         
     

    Aoife Prendergast

         
     

    Ciara Hanley

         
     

    Sarah Lavery

         
             

    Novice Individual

    Place

    Rider

    Horse

    School

    Result

    1st

    Karen Ferriter

    Loxley

    St. Joseph's Castlebar

    Clear/56.20

    2nd

    Rachel Kinncavey

    Chantilly Girl

    Ballinrobe Community School

    Clear/58.49

    3rd

    Ella Walsh

    Captain Kiva

    St. Paul's Oughterard

    Clear/72.68

    4th

    Rachel O'Connor

    Rufus

    St Cuans, Ballinasloe

    Clear/73.52

    5th

    Keelin Lawlor

    Earlzo

    St Cuans, Ballinasloe

    4 Faults/49.13

    6th

    Dara Leonard

    Eglish Clover

    St. Cuans, Ballinasloe

    4 Faults/55.94

             
                     

     

    Results of OPEN Schools Jumping from Interschools Event At Claremorris Equestrian Centre – Sunday 18th November

     

    Open Teams

     

    1st

    Salerno Secondary School, Galway

       
     

    Zara Herbert

    Misty

       
     

    Orlaith de Baraid

    Cavalier Kim

       
     

    Karly Tierney

    Princess Twilight

       
     

    Naomi Carr

    Ardnasella Nina

       
             

    2nd

    Ballinrobe Community School

       
     

    Michela Tuffy

    Cappacurry Candycrush

       
     

    Ava Tansey

    Kilgarvan King

       
     

    Hannah Keane

    Goldies Gina

       
     

    Ella McGrath

    Crown me a Star

       
             

    Open Individual

    1st

    Kayla Cunningham

    Milford Lad

    St. Joseph's Primary School, Ballinrobe

    Clear/39.49

    2nd

    Karly Tierney

    Princess Twinlight

    Salerno Secondary School, Galway

    Clear/40.46

    3rd

    Zara Herbert

    Misty

    Salerno Secondary School, Galway

    Clear/42.30

    4th

    Naomi Carr

    Ardnasella Nina

    Salerno Secondary School, Galway

    Clear/47.21

    5th

    Niamh Reilly

    Henry

    Sacred Heart School, Westport

    Clear/51.62

    6th

    Kelly Morgan

    KM Auroro

    St. Attracta's, Tubbercurry

    Clear/52.79

     

    Interschools Dressage Results

    from Claremorris Equestrian Centre - Sunday 18th November

     

    Place

    School

    Rider

    Horse

    1st

    Mount St Michael, Claremorris

    Ciara Hanley

    MARCO

    2nd

    Mount St Michael, Claremorris

    Ciara Hanley

    SIMBA

    3rd

    Ballinrobe Community School

    Lauren Fahy

    Douglas

    4th

    Ballinrobe Community School

    Leah Treacy

    Killeenduff Jack

    5th

    St. Attracta's, Tubbercurry

    Kelly Morgan

    He’s A Buck

    6th

    Mount St Michael, Claremorris

    Ciara Hanley

    SAMMY

     

     

  • Horse Sport Ireland and Showjumping Ireland are delighted to announce that as part of the resumption of equestrian activities that had been postponed due to the Covid-19 crisis, the 2020 Horse Sport Ireland Premier Series, and Irish Sport Horse Studbook Series, will resume across Ireland starting from the week beginning June 29th.

    It is hoped that full dates for the competitions, which will take place behind closed doors as per Government guidelines, will be confirmed next week.

  • Sligo’s Richard Howley scored one of the biggest wins of his career, coming out on top in last night's €150,000 five-star Grand Prix at the Spanish Nations Cup show in Gijon.

    A hugely competitive jump-off saw 13 riders go forward to the second round, but none could match Howley’s winning clear in 59.86 seconds with the 10-year-old mare Dolores who is owned by Morgan Kent.

    The result crowned a very successful week for Irish riders at the Spanish venue.

    Richard Howley from Enniscrone was crowned Leading Rider of the Show after also winning Saturday’s Accumulator competition with Cruising Star. The Irish team, led by Michael Blake,  finished joint fourth in Friday’s Gijon Nations Cup.

     

     

  • Claremorris Showjumper Cian Goggins won the six year old Sunshine Tour in Spain yesterday.

    The Mayo man was on board Castleforbes Fedora to win the ranking event.

  • Irish Show Jumping team manager Michael Blake has named his squad for the three-star FEI Nations Cup which takes place at Vilamoura in Portugal this Tuesday November 17th.

    A large group of Irish and international riders have been based at the Portuguese venue for the past number of weeks, with up to six outdoor arenas in operation. Weather conditions in Vilamoura remain extremely pleasant even into mid November with temperatures for the week ahead expected to reach up to 23 degrees celsius.

    Up to 13 teams will line out in the Vilamoura Nations Cup, with the Irish squad, sponsored by Devenish and The Underwriting Exchange, named as follows:

    Tipperary’s Shane Breen with Z7 Ipswich – owned by Z7 Horses & Shane Breen

    Galway’s Michael Duffy with Zilton SL Z – owned by HMF Equestrian & Michael Duffy

    Sligo’s Richard Howley with Arlo De Blondel – owned by Sarah Borthwick, HK Horses & Richard Howley

    Kildare’s Mikey Pender with HHS Burnchurch (ISH) – owned by Miguel Maria Bravo

    Derry’s David Simpson with Foudre F – owned by Breen Equestrian & Quirke Sport Horses

     

    The Portuguese Nations Cup starts on Tuesday at 1.30pm Irish time.

  • Mayo’s Michael G Duffy and The Irish Sport Horse Lapuccino 2, owned by Carl Hanley Sport Horses, have taken a commanding victory in today’s four-star Grand Prix at Vejer De la Frontera in Spain, to add to an excellent run of Irish results.

    They finished with almost two seconds to spare over British runner-up Joseph Stockdale with Equine America Cacharel, while Swiss star Steve Guerdat finished third with Albfuehren’s Maddox.

    Speaking afterward, the Knockmore man highlighted how Lapuccino is a special horse for him:

    “Today’s course was very tough, with high-level riders and only six horses that finished without faults. I didn’t do anything crazy [in the jump-off]. I stayed fast all the way and on the last line I pushed even more, I think that was where I saved time. Lapuccino has been with me for five or six years and with each passing year he makes things better. He has taken me all over the world and I adore him. Today he gave everything for me and winning this Grand Prix is very special.”

    The four-star win for Duffy and Lapuccino 2 (ISH) came less than 24 hours after Wexford’s Bertram Allen and The Irish Sport Horse Pacino Amiro took victory in the five-star Grand Prix at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida, USA.