A total of nineteen Irish-bred event horses feature on the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event entries list for 2018, accounting for over 30% of the CCI4* competition.
Great Britain’s Oliver Townend has a total of three entries and all are Irish Sport Horses; Cooley Master Class, Cooley SRS & MHS King Joules. Fellow GBR rider William Fox-Pitt is entered with the Irish-bred Fernhill Pimms.
Bay My Hero, ridden by Fox-Pitt, was the last Irish Sport Horse to win the CCI4* event in 2014. Prior to that it was the Irish Sport Horse Connaught in 2008, under USA rider Phillip Dutton.
Ireland’s two representatives Sam Watson (Horseware Ardagh Highlight) and Tim Bourke (Luckaun Quality) both ride Irish Sport Horses at this year’s event.
Of Buck Davidson’s three entries for 2018, two are Irish-bred – Park Trader, Copper Beach. USA’s Kim Severson and Irish Sport Horse Cooley Cross Border are hot of the back of a second place finish in the WEG 2018 CIC3* Test event. This will be the first CCI4* event for Cooley Cross Border – the highest-ranked Irish Sport Horse in the individual WBFSH rankings in 2017 (helping the Irish Sport Horse Studbook to win the coveted Eventing Studbook rankings for an incredible 22nd time in 24 years).
In 2017 Irish-bred horses accounted for 50% of the top 10 placings at the Kentucky CCI4*. Then Sixteen Year Old High Kingdom (ISH)(TIH), ridden by Great Britain’s Zara Tindall, finished on their dressage score taking 3rd place. Hot on their heels in 4th place was Phillip Dutton (USA) & 18 year old Mr Medicott (ISH)(TIH), showing that his age was not slowing him down and picking up the Roger Haller Memorial Trophy for the Rolex/USEF CCI4* Eventing National Championship in the process. Mr Medicott (ISH)(TIH) and Karen O’Connor (USA) placed 4th.
The Irish-bred Super Socks BCF ridden by Matthew Brown (USA) took 6th place, followed by Fernhill Fugative (ISH) & Phillip Dutton (USA) in 7th position. Delux Z (ISH) & Kurt A Martin (USA) finished in 9th position and are also entered to contest the 2018 event.
The Irish Horse Gateway would like to wish all of our Irish ambassadors well at this iconic event. Looking to buy your next Irish-bred event horse? Then visit the Irish Horse Gateway.
Irish-bred horses entered for Land Rover Kentucky CCI4* 2018 (in alphabetical order):
Clip Clop (ISH)(TIH) – 2003 gelding by Crosstown Dancer (ISH) out of Terrific Star (TB), by Wolverlife (TB). Breeder: Sandra Byrne (Dublin). Owner: Madison Foote, Theresa Foote & Joe Meyer. Rider: Joe Meyer (USA)
Cooley Cross Border (ISH) – 2007 gelding by Diamond Roller (ISH) out of Who’s Diaz (ISH), by Osilvis (KWPN) Breeder: Johnny Duffy (Louth). Owner: The Cross Syndicate. Rider: Kim Severson (USA)
Cooley Master Class (ISH) – 2005 gelding by Ramiro B (BWP) out of The Swallow (ISH), by Master Imp (TB). Breeder: John Hagan (Wicklow). Owner: Angela Hislop. Rider: Oliver Townend (GBR)
Cooley On Show (ISH) – 2007 gelding by Ricardo Z (ZANG) out of Jogatina (LA), by Grand D’Espagne (TB). Breeder: Louise Walsh (Wexford). Owner/Rider: Sharon White (USA)
Cooley SRS (ISH) – 2007 gelding by Ramiro B (BWP) out of Ballynattin Pride (ISH), by Kiltealy Spring (ISH). Breeder: John Fitzhenry (Wexford). Owner: Angela Hislop. Rider: Oliver Townend (GBR)
Copper Beach (ISH) – 2006 gelding by Radolin (KWPN) out of Cloverballen (ISH). Breeder: Paddy Daly (Offaly). Owner: Sherrie Martin/Carl Segal. Rider: Bruce Davidson Jnr. (USA)
Delux Z (ISH) – 2005 gelding by Lux Z (HANN) out of Drumin Imp (ISH), by Master Imp (TB) Breeder: Tom Finn (Carlow). Owner: Kurt Martin, Caroljean Martin, & William Martin Jr. Rider: Kurt A Martin (USA)
Fernhill Pimms (AES) – 2004 gelding by Ard VDL Douglas (KWPN) out of Celestial Drive (TB), by Dublin Taxi (TB). Breeder: Imelda Creighton (Kildare). Owner: Carol Gee & Catherine Witt. Rider: William Fox-Pitt (GBR)
Horseware Ardagh Highlight (ISH) – 2004 gelding by Puissance (ISH) out of Gentle Servant (ISH), by Kings Servant (ISH). Breeder: Teresa Walsh (Kilkenny). Owner: Belinda Keir. Rider: Sam Watson (IRL)
LCC Barnaby (ISH) – 2006 gelding by Guy Cavalier (ISH) out of Lady Tanjour (ISH), by Rafael (KWPN). Breeder: Martin Collins (Meath). Owner/Rider: Lillian Heard (USA)
Longwood (ISH) – 2002 gelding by Limmerick (HOLST) out of Cavale de Or (ISH), by Cavalier Royale (HOLST). Breeder: Thomas McGuigan (Tyrone). Owner: KC Eventing Ltd. Rider: Katherine Coleman (GBR)
Luckaun Quality (ISH) – 2005 gelding by OBOS Quality (OLD) out of Colwyn Bay (ISH), by Cavalier Royale (HOLST). Breeder: Ronan Sheehan (Laois). Owner/Rider: Timothy Bourke (IRL)
MHS King Joules (ISH) – 2005 gelding by Quidam Junior 1 (KWPN) out of Gowran Lady. (P)(ISH) by Cavalier Royale (HOLST). Breeder: Ita Brennan (Kilkenny). Owner: Tom Joule. Rider: Oliver Townend (GBR)
OBOS O’Reilly (ISH) – 2003 gelding by OBOS Quality 004 (OLD) out of Omard Clover Queen (ISH), by Clover Hill (ID). Breeder: Brian O’Reilly (Cavan). Owner: Four Star Eventing Group. Rider: William Coleman (USA)
Paddy The Caddy (IRE)(TB) – 2007 gelding by Azamour (TB) out of Slamy (TB), by Grand Slam (TB). Breeder: F. McEntee & David O’Reilly. Owner: Frank McEntee. Rider: Erin Sylvester (USA)
Park Trader (ISH)(TIH) – 2002 gelding by Master Imp (TB) out of Ballyhast Polly (ISH), by Highland King (ISH). Breeder: Christopher Bailey (Wexford). Owner: Carl & Cassandra Segal. Rider: Bruce Davidson Jnr. (USA)
Pebbly Maximus – 2003 gelding by Nazar (TB) out of Kelshamore Lady VII (WNTR). Breeder: Patrick Walsh (Wicklow). Owner: Sherrie Martin & Caroline Martin. Rider: Caroline Martin (USA)
Share Option – 2002 gelding. Owner/Rider: Lillian Heard (USA)
Spring Easy (ISH) – 2006 gelding by Garrison Royal (ISH) out of Castlegrogan Clare (ISH) by Ballinvella (TB). Breeder: Kenneth Walsh (Laois). Owner: Sherrie & Caroline Martin. Rider: Leslie Law (GBR)
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