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Monday 23 April 2018

Mossy sweeps the boards at the RDS

Helen Baker on her lap of honour after winning the supreme hunter championship on board the Irish-bred Mossy
Helen Baker on her lap of honour after winning the supreme hunter championship on board the Irish-bred Mossy

Not many exhibitors can boast at landing a supreme championship at the RDS on their first attempt, but the British owner and rider combination of Trudi Deja and Helen Baker can now count the 2017 Dublin Horse Show as one of those truly special weeks, writes Siobhán English.

Their Irish-bred heavyweight six-year-old Mossy was crowned hunter champion on Saturday morning.

Bred in Cree, Co Clare by the Kelly family, the son of Watermill Swatch had been produced to perfection in England by his rider, who on her debut at the RDS went on to win the highest accolade in Irish show hunter circles.

"We just cannot believe it," commented owner Trudi Deja, who has lived in Co Clare for a number of years and who had sourced the grey as a two-year-old with her late, great friend Paddy Downes. "Paddy was with me when we found this one and he always maintained he would win at Dublin," Ms Deja said.

Ciara Mullen with her Connemara ponies Assagart Delight and Afro Jack at the Dublin Horse Show
Ciara Mullen with her Connemara ponies Assagart Delight and Afro Jack at the Dublin Horse Show

"He always wanted me to have a heavyweight contender for this show.

"This is a very emotional win as Paddy passed away in the spring and is not here with us to see it."

Kieran Ryan was equally delighted to take the reserve sash with the smashing traditional Irish-bred Glenkeeran Dance Inthedeep for owner/breeder Maria Melvin. Earlier the chestnut son of the RID Crosstown Dancer had won his lightweight title, as well as the Galway-Greer for champion four-year-old.

Daphne Tierney's Bloomfield Bespoke won the middleweight division, while PJ Casey rode the Rothwells' Greenhall Push Button to claim the mare's championship title.

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Becky Vaughan from Mornington in Co Meath giving her pony Galway Gun a wash before competition
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