Tuesday 12 December 2017

Equestrian: Galligan in hot battle for final spot

Louise Parkes

Cavan man Ollie Galligan must wait until the second qualifier tomorrow to try to earn a place in the final of the Reining Championship at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, where the home nation took reining team gold yesterday.

The Killeshandra native, who now lives in Petaluma, California, had an unlucky draw when second to go in Saturday's first qualifier. Riding Whizardrie n Starlite, he posted a score of 210.5 which put him in equal 41st place.

Galligan emigrated to the US in 1996 and was apprenticed to horse trainer Ben Balow in East Bay, San Francisco.

The 6ft 3in former cabinet maker has since joined the top rank of reining riders in America who tour a lucrative circuit that has earned a combined total of $9m for the four men on yesterday's victorious side.

Meanwhile, Clem McMahon made history yesterday when he became the first Irish rider to win one of the prestigious titles at the World Breeding Federation Young Horse Championships at Lanaken in Belgium.

Riding the stallion NLS Coole Al Clover, which was bred by Eamon Kenny from Attanagh in Laois, the Clones rider scooped the six-year-old title from a starting field of 248 of the best young horses in the world. Greg Broderick steered Ballypatrick Mystique into third in the seven-year-olds while James Hogg finished eighth with Interpreter in the five-year-olds.

Irish Independent

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