Carrabawn Cross lifts Draught crown
There is nothing nicer than to produce a home-bred horse to win a championship at the Dublin Horse Show. For PJ Fitzpatrick, it was the icing on the cake as his own Carrabawn Cross was crowned champion Irish Draught stallion last Friday.
Placed third in 2015, the eight-year-old denied the Cappa Stud from completing back-to-back wins by standing at the top of the line ahead of their young horse Cappa Amadeus.
"I was quietly confident he would win, but you never know what the judges are looking for," said Mr Fitzpatrick who commended Michael Egan for doing such a super job of showing the liver chestnut on the day.
Despite finishing second, Jimmy Quinn was nevertheless pleased with the result for his three-year-old who was fully approved at the UK inspections earlier this year.
Carrabawn Cross also stood ahead of his son Moylough Legacy who finished third for Patrick Hoare. By Young Carrabawn, Carrabawn Cross's dam Annaghbrack Lass comes from a well-related family going back to Skippy and boasts old Irish bloodlines. "He only covered a few mares last year, but covered almost 30 this year, so hopefully we can make him available for AI next year," added Mr Fitzpatrick.
In the mare classes, Seamus Sloyan continued his winning streak with Clew Bay Countess, claiming the Younger Mares' accolade ahead of Martina Murphy's home-bred Holycross Grace.
John and Mary Roche's Assagart Kingstead Fiona won the older division before going on to claim the championship ahead of Clew Bay Countess.
Slotting into third spot in the Young Mares' class was George Chapman's Burnchurch Lucia who was also successful in the Hunter rings as reserve champion in the four-year-old division behind The Street Fighter.