Farm Ireland

Wednesday 21 February 2018

RDS winners head for Belgium

Ard Ginger Pop in action at Lanaken last year with Swedish rider Angelica Augustsson.
Ard Ginger Pop in action at Lanaken last year with Swedish rider Angelica Augustsson.

Siobhán English

Twenty Irish-bred horses have been selected to represent the Irish Sport Horse Studbook at the FEI WBFSH World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses which take place in Lanaken, Belgium from September 17 to 20.

Among those to contest the titles are Dublin Horse Show winners, the five-year-old RVS Lui Fortunus and year-older Beech Hill Lucia, while 2013 consolation winner Talks Cheap will be ridden by Eoin McMahon in the seven-year-old category.

The full list of five-year-olds are named as follows:

l Irish Sport Horse Studbook Showjumping Series league winner MHS Attraction (Jenny Rankin),

l Runner-up KMR Twilight (Cormac Rafferty)

l Third-placed Lissyegan Geoffrey (Damien Griffin), RVS Lui Fortunus (Gemma Phelan)

l Cruicerath Flexianna (Eddie Moloney)

l KMR Twilight, who placed second in the Irish Sport Horse Studbook Showjumping Series when ridden by Cormac Rafferty.

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The reserves are listed as Castlefield Cass (Ger O'Neill) and Miss Darco (Thomas O'Brien).

2014 RDS champion Alberta Mist, who placed second at the same venue this year, is also among the six-year-olds, as is league winner Drumiller Houdini (Francis Connors), runner-up Deep Pockets (Jim Derwin) and LCC Puss N Boots, third in the final last year with Lucy Buchanan in the saddle.

This year the gelding will be ridden by Paul Devlin.

The reserves are AHG Whiterock Cruise Down (Jim Derwin) and Mr OBrien Two You (Gemma Phelan).

Talks Cheap is joined on the seven-year-olds' startlist by league winner KMR Benzini (Cormac Rafferty), as well as CHS Inception (Declan Egan), Liberation (Alan O'Regan) and MHS Washington (Laura Renwick).

By Tinaranas Inspector Talks Cheap missed out on a place in Lanaken in 2014 due to the rules which did not allow a switch of rider after qualification.

Elite jumpers

This qualification occurred prior to the mare being purchased by Carl Hanley and Enda Carroll for €50,000 during an auction of elite show jumpers during the Irish Breeders Classic.

Over the years Irish-breds have had much success at these championships, with Ard Ginger Pop continuing the run of form last year when second in the five-year-old final for her Irish owners and Swedish rider Angelica Augustsson.

The year previously Greg Broderick rode Arraghbeg Clover to win the five-year-old title, the rider having also won bronze in 2010 with the seven year-old Ballypatrick Mystique. That same year Clem McMahon was in the winners' circle in 2010 with NLS Coole Al Clover.

Other notable results include David O'Brien taking the silver medal in the six year-old division in 2009 aboard Drumiller Lough.

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