Irish breeders target World Eventing gold
A dozen ISH Studbook six and seven-year-olds will compete at the World Eventing Championships for Young Horses next month
Eight years have passed since an Irish Sport Horse has won gold at the WBFSH World Eventing Championships for Young Horses.
It was back in 2007 when British rider Piggy French steered the Clover Brigade gelding Cast Away II to win the seven-year-old title at Le Lion d'Angers, although Aoife Clark came close to completing an Irish horse/rider victory when second in 2013 with Fernhill Adventure.
Now, Irish owner Diane Harron Eakin is hoping that her home-bred seven-year-old gelding Ringfort Rubicon can better that result when the competition kicks off in France in three weeks' time from October 15-18.
Ringfort Rubicon is one of nine Irish-ridden seven-year-olds selected to represent the ISH Studbook, along with three six-year-olds who have made the cut following impressive performances on the circuit this past summer.
Also among those are the six-year-old Ard Cluedo (Melanie Young) and the year-older Dam Easy (Heidi Hamilton), both runners-up at Millstreet in recent weeks.
"It will be a great week if Rubicon does well," commented Diane, who is taking in her first ever trip to these championships as part of her birthday celebrations when she turns 70 on October 6.
"We had another horse, Tinkabella, qualify in 2006 with our long-time rider Steven Smith but we did not travel that year. She was by our own home-bred stallion Ringfort Tinkatoo and finished 15th back then. We are really looking forward to seeing Steven and Rubicon in action this time round as the horse is one of only a few we've kept for competing over the years. We've always sold our stock as foals so it's nice to have one to support ourselves."
By the hugely popular sire Iroko, Ringfort Rubicon is the second foal out of their former three-star mare Ringfort Rara Ruby.