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Wednesday 17 January 2018

Irish horses dominate at eventing world breeding championships

The Irish Sport Horse Studbook continued its dominance in world breeding during the recent Eventing World Breeding Championships for Young Horses at Le Lion d'Angers in France when securing first place for the second time since 2010, writes SIobhán English.

After four days of competition the ISH studbook finished in pole position on 151 penalties, with the German Holsteiner studbook second on 153, and the Dutch KWPN studbook in third on 153.2.

The best performances from horses sporting the ISH prefix came from the six-year-old SRS Adventure, ridden by Wexford-based Sophie Richards into an impressive third place on the final day.

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Steven Smith, the gelding by Newmarket Venture lay seventh after dressage on a score of 47.3 but improved one placing after a super clear on the cross-country.

The combination then jumped one of only a handful of clears in the show jumping to move up to eventual third and finish on their first-day score.

Next best of the Irish combinations was Melanie Young, who improved from an early placing of 13th to eventual ninth on Caroline Bjoerk's Luidam gelding Ard Cluedo (51.9). Maria Byrne, meanwhile, dropped two places to 16th when the OBOS Quality 004 mare Class Affair lowered a pole to add four faults.

The six-year-old title went to Germany's European and Olympic champion Michael Jung with Fischerincanatas, a Holsteiner gelding by Ibisco.

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The silver medal went to the Dutch rider Merel Blom with the Dutch warmblood, The Quizmaster.

While Irish Sport Horses were unable to finish in the top three in the seven-year-old division, impressively six were placed in the top-20 and it was this result which promoted the Studbook to the top of the leaderboard.

Best of the six was Cooley Lands, ridden by Chris Burton, who took fourth. By Cavalier Land, who stands in Wexford with Redinagh Stud, he carries traditional Irish breeding being out of the Clover Hill mare Clover Light Girl.

Fellow Australian rider Emma Dougall was one place behind on Fernhill Tabasco, by Tabasco Van Erpekom.

Best of the Irish riders here was Heidi Hamilton riding the Luidam gelding Dam Easy into 18th position.

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