Spotlight on sport horse foals ahead of the RDS August show
June is traditionally a time for breeders to aim their best foals at Dublin Horse Show qualifiers and many stallion owners are eager to see which horses have made the cut for the RDS in August.
Nick Cousins is particularly delighted to see some progeny of Dignified Van't Zorgvliet set to return with the Rothwell family, having watched one of his fillies finish a close second with them in the Breeders' Championship last summer.
The Rothwells of Tinahely in Co Wicklow are among the best in the business, and this month they have already qualified two of their best mares, with a further two being aimed for this prestigious class in the coming weeks.
At 19 years old, the Cruising mare Millennium Cruise is no stranger to the winners' enclosure and took the title in 2011, while also finishing reserve on several other occasions.
This year she returns with her colt by Dignified Van't Zorgvliet, while stablemate Greenhall Indicator will compete alongside her with her colt by Ars Vivendi.
Given her superb jumping pedigree, the Rothwells say Millennium Cruise is best suited to a stallion with a performance record.
They have been lucky with her in the past, with the US-based Grand Prix show jumper Complete Luck, by Lucky de Blondel, among her progeny.
"For showing we want to produce a correct model, but we also need something with a good step," commented Mary Rothwell. "Sadly there is not enough of a choice with ISH sires so we are happy to use warmbloods that are based here in Ireland."