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Monday 23 April 2018

Master Imp is named top sire of British event horses as Irish-based stallions dominate list

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

Seven of the top 10 sires of event horses in Britain were Irish-based stallions, the latest British Eventing (BE) stallion rankings show.

Topping the list of stallions with the most points accumulated by their progeny was the now deceased five-star sire Master Imp, whose progeny accumulated no less than 1,737 BE and foundation points in the 2012 season.

Foundation points are earned at BE90 and BE100 level, while BE points are earned from Novice to four-star level.

Coming in at third place was Ricardo Z, who stands in Kedrah House Stud, Co Tipperary. His progeny amassed 1,465 points in 2013 and his daughter Fenya's Elegance, pictured below, shot to fame during the season by jumping to victory at Blenheim Palace CCI three-star event.

The mare, owned and bred by PJ Hegarty from West Cork, is now ten years old and was bred out of an Irish Sport Horse mare Fenya, by the US thoroughbred Good Thyne.

The second Ricardo Z horse to rack up points for his sire was Ballyengland Rebel.

Moving down the list, Ghareeb took fourth place in the rankings, while Cult Hero slotted into sixth place. Cruising took eighth place, Puissance finished ninth and Harlequin du Carel took the tenth spot.

Many of the same stallions featured in the WBFSH top 10 eventing sire rankings for 2013.

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Master Imp was pushed down one place to second in this list by the thoroughbred sire Heraldik, while Ricardo Z took third place and is the top living event horse sire. Cruising took fifth spot and Ghareeb took ninth place in the WBFSH rankings.

Irish Independent