Sunday 25 September 2016

Rosemary Connors sets show Alight

Published 12/08/2015 | 02:30

Rosemary Connors on her lap of honour after winning the supreme hunter championship on Woodfield Alight
Rosemary Connors on her lap of honour after winning the supreme hunter championship on Woodfield Alight

Rosemary Connors proved a hugely popular winner of the supreme hunter championship at the Dublin Horse Show with her home-bred gelding Woodfield Alight.

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Winner of the lightweight title in 2013 when he was reserve supreme champion, the seven-year-old son of Albano again stood at the top of the line-up in the lightweights before going on to claim the supreme accolade for the Waterford producer.

Impressively this was her third supreme win on three different home-breds, having also lifted the crown with Woodfield Indo in 2009 and Woodfield Valier 12 months later. "He will probably go back eventing now," she said of her 2015 champion, adding that the win went somewhat towards making up for the disappointment of the hotly-tipped Sizing Europe being withdrawn from the Racehorse to Riding Horse class when picking up an injury on the way to the show.

Reserve in the supreme championship was Kieran Ryan on board the Rainstown Lad gelding An Ceannas, who also landed the heavyweight and four-year-old titles for his Clane-based owners Ned and Del Cash.

Tattygare Good to Go continued her unbeaten streak here with wins in both the middleweight and mare championships for her Fermanagh breeders, the Hurst Show Team. Champion young horse in 2013 and winner of the mares' title 12 months ago when ridden by Connors, the five-year-old daughter of Porsch was this time partnered by Jamie Smyth.

Standing reserve to Tattygare Good To Go in both their middleweight class and the mares' decider was Mary Rothwell on the home-bred Greenhall Wishing Well, a four-year-old by Crosstown Dancer.

Laura Kelly had been thrilled with her third placing in the four-year-old lightweight geldings' class with her Kings Master gelding Marley And Me, but she was completely overwhelmed when claiming the Pembroke Cup for horses owned and bred by their exhibitors. "This was a very sentimental win for me as my grandmother Maura Kelly also won it in the 1970s on Ardree," the winner said, adding that the horse may now go eventing.

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