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Thursday 23 November 2017

Wembley hat-trick for Irish Draughts

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

Three Irish-bred full Irish Draughts were among the winners at the prestigious Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) in Wembley, England recently.

The 2013 ridden showing classes provided plenty of celebration for Irish Draught supporters when three Irish bred full Irish Draught geldings took top honours in their respective classes.

Loughkeen Dancing Lord, bred by Hugo Perdue in Co Offaly, started the ball rolling when he won the TopSpec Heavyweight Show Hunter of the Year for his fifth win at HOYS in six years.

The 2002 chestnut gelding is by Crosstown Dancer (ID C1) out of Loughkeen Young Lady (RID) by Carrabawn View (ID C1). He is owned by Bernie White.

With 26 in each division of the cob classes, it was the lightweight winner The Comedian, bred in Co Meath by Aidan Travers, that was crowned Virbac 3D Champion Cob of the Year. The eight-year-old chestnut Comedian is by Welcome Flagmount (ID C1) out of Liskillen Harmony (RID) by Pride of Glenogra (ID C1). He was bred by John Giblin and is owned by Lady Caroline Tyrell.

For the third consecutive year Hallmark IX won the Leeman Family Maxi Cob Championship. Bred in Co Donegal by Martin Howley, the 158.5cm chestnut is also by Welcome Flagmount (ID C1).

His dam is Rebel Rose by Glenagyle Rebel. Bred by Martin Howley and owned by Tom and Heather Clay, the nine-year-old chestnut gelding subsequently added the title of Supreme Horse of The Year 2013 to his other four consecutive wins at the venue.

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