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Irish-bred event horses account for over 40% of Badminton accepted entries

General May 7, 2015

Irish-bred event horses account for 41% of the accepted entries for this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. Eight former Badminton winners returning to the UK event this year, namely Australia’s Sam Griffiths, Paul Tapner and Andrew Hoy, New Zealand’s Mark Todd and Jonathan Paget, and Great Britain’s Oliver Townend, Pippa Funnell and William Fox-Pitt. Four of the eight, Sam Griffiths, Paul Tapner, William Fox-Pitt and Pippa Funnell, will compete Irish-bred horses.

Sam Griffiths (AUS) riding Paulank Brockagh (ISH)

Sam Griffiths (AUS) riding Paulank Brockagh (ISH)

Sam Griffiths and Paulank Brockagh (ISH) return to Badminton as defending champions, while fellow Australian, Paul Tapner will campaign Kilronan (ISH). William Fox-Pitt has entered his Rolex Kentucky 2014 winner, Bay My Hero (ISH), with team mate Pippa Funnell competing aboard the Irish-bred Second Supreme.

Six riders line-out for Ireland this year, five of which will be riding an Irish Sport Horse. The Irish contingent will be made up of Clare Abbott with Euro Prince (ISH), Joseph Murphy with Electric Cruise (ISH) and Sportsfield Othello (ISH), Michael Ryan with Ballylynch Adventure (ISH), Camilla Speirs with Portersize Just A Jiff (ISH), Sam Watson with Horseware Bushman (ISH) and Aoife Clark with Vaguely North.

Since 1995 Badminton Horse Trials has been won by an Irish Sport Horse six times. That year saw USA’s Bruce Davidson claim victory with Eagle Lion. The Gipfel sired gelding was bred by Patricia Nicholson whose breeding programme is still enjoying success with the Davidson’s through horses such as Knight Lion, Cruise Lion and Keltic Lion.

In 1997 David O’Connor produced another US victory onboard the Irish Sport Horse Custom Made. Finishing in second place was Mary King and Star Appeal who returned to win the class in 2000.

Great Britain’s Pippa Funnell claimed back-to-back wins in 2002 and 2003 with the highly successful Irish Sport Horse Supreme Rock who was sadly put to sleep in 2013 aged 25. Bred in County Cork by Lindy Good, Supreme Rock was by the Thoroughbred sire Edmund Burke and out of the Bassompierre sired mare Rineen Classic.

Good luck to each of the connections competing at the prestigious event this weekend. Further information on the event can be found at www.badminton-horse.co.uk .

Accepted Irish-bred entries for Badminton CCI4* 2015 (as of 26.03.2015)

Paulank Brockagh (ISH) – 2003 mare by Touchdown (ISH) out of Calander Girl (ISH), by Triggerero (TB). Breeder: Paula Cullen, Co. Wicklow. Rider: Sam Griffiths (AUS)

Shannondale Titan (ISH) – 2003 gelding by Limmerck (HOLST) out of Rocklea (ISH), by Leabeg (ISH). Breeder: Maire Na Raghallaigh, Co. Longford. Rider: Bill Levett (AUS)

Kilronan (ISH) {TIH} – 2001 gelding by Ghareeb (TB) out of Ramble Way (ISH), by Diamond Lad (ID). Breeder: Patrick Fenlon, Co. Kilkenny. Rider: Paul Tapner (AUS)

Grass Valley (ISH) {TIH} – 2000 gelding by Legal Pressure (TB) out of Connaught Gold (ISH), by Clover Hill (ID). Breeder: John A Cogan, Co. Sligo. Rider: Gabriel Figueriredo Silv (BRA)

Finbury Hill (ISH) – 1999 gelding. Rider: Hannah Bate (GBR)

Cooleys Luxury (ISH) – 2002 gelding by Olympic Lux (KWPN) out of Tell Me Sunshine (ISH), by Glen Bar (ISH). Breeder: Catherine Kenny, Co. Offaly. Rider: Tom D Crisp (GBR)

Bay My Hero (ISH) {TIH} – 2003 gelding by Cult Hero (TB) out of Bing Power (ISH), by Tomgar Power Crest (ISH). Breeder: Bryan Maguire, Co. Wexford. Rider: William Fox-Pitt (GBR)

Second Supreme (UNK) – 2002 gelding. Rider: Pippa Funnell (GBR)

Greenlawn Sky High (ISH) – 2003 gelding by Aldatus Z (OLD) out of Quinsey Lass (ISH), by Laughton’s Flight (ISH). Breeder: Michael Daley, Co. Kerry. Rider: Emily Llewellyn (GBR)

Ballyfarris Flight (ISH) – 2003 gelding by High Roller (ISH) out of Aughris Lady (ISH), by Errigal Flight (ISH). Breeder: Fergus Caheny, Co. Sligo. Rider: Louisa Lockwood (GBR)

The Highland Prince (ISH) {TIH} – 2000 gelding by Highland Flight (ISH) out of Ballycullen Girl (ISH), by Rimilis (TB). Breeder: Patrick J Kearns, Co. Laois. Rider: Michael Owen (GBR)

Arctic Soul (TB) – 2003 gelding by Luso (TB) out of Dream Cocktail (TB), by Roi Danzi (TB). Breeder: Michael Whitty. Rider: Gemma Tattersall (GBR)

Galley Light (TB) – 2003 gelding by Turtle Island (TB)(IRE) out of Coola Cross (TB)(IRE), Be My Native (TB). Breeder: W. Roche. Rider: Ben Way (GBR)

Hasty Imp (ISH) {TIH} – 2004 gelding by Master Imp (TB) out of Hasty Beach VII (ISH), by Malibu Beach (TB). Breeder: Sean Barron, Co. Wexford. Rider: Francis Whittington (GBR)

Fernhill Highlight (ISH) – 2003 gelding by High Roller (ISH) out of Forest Beauty (ISH), by Ginger Dick (ID). Breeder: Mary Walsh, Co. Mayo. Rider: Francis Whittington (GBR

Easy Target (ISH) – 2001 gelding by The Artist (BSPA) out of Lady King (ISH), by King Henry (ID). Breeder: John Conheeney, Co. Galway. Rider: Francis Whittington (GBR)

One Two Many (ISH) – 2002 gelding by Chacoa (HOLST) out of Cul Na Breathar (ISH), by Colin Diamond (ISH). Breeder: John O’Brien, Co. Limerick. Rider: Nicola Wilson (GBR)

Annie Clover (ISH) – 2004 mare by Newmarket Venture (HANN) out of Kilderry Clover (ISH), by Clover Hill (ID). Breeder: James Bradley, Co. Cork. Rider: Nicola Wilson (GBR)

Euro Prince (ISH) – 2003 gelding by Lougheries Quiet Man (UNK) out of Miss Tullydraw (UNK). Breeder: Cormac McKay, Co. Armagh. Rider: Clare Abbott (IRL)

Fenyas Elegance (ISH) – 2004 mare by Ricardo Z (ZANG) out of Fenya (ISH), by Good Thyne (TB). Breeder: P J Hegarty, Co. Cork. Rider: Aoife Clark (IRL) *Withdrawn*

Electric Cruise (ISH) {TIH} – 2001 gelding by Cruising (ISH) out of Kilnamac Sally (ISH), by Clover Hill (ID). Breeder: James J Ryan, Co. Tipperary. Rider: Joseph Murphy (IRL)

Sportsfield Othello (ISH) – 2001 gelding by Ricardo Z (ZANG) out of Moy View Lady (ISH), by Ring of Ford (TB). Breeder: John Kenny, Co. Tipperary. Rider: Joseph Murphy (IRL)

Ringwood Mississippi (ISH) – 2002 gelding by Mark Twain (TB) out of Clogh Pride (ISH), by Townrath Pride (ID). Breeder: Andrew Doogue, Co. Wicklow. Rider: Austin O’Connor (IRL) *Withdrawn*

Ballylynch Adventure (ISH) – 2000 gelding by Don Juan de le Bouverie (SBS) out of Stanman Girl (TB) , by Standaan (TB). Breeder: John B Hughes, Co. Meath. Rider: Michael Ryan (IRL)

Portersize Just a Jiff (ISH) {TIH} –  2000 gelding by Crosskeys Rebel (CP) out of Mizen Talent (ISH), by Mizen Melody (TB). Breeder: Philip White, Co. Derry. Rider: Camilla Spiers (IRL)

Horseware Bushman (ISH) {TIH} – 1999 gelding by Puissance (ISH) out of Clear Conscience (ISH), by Horos (TB). Breeder: John Watson, Co. Carlow. Rider: Sam Watson (IRL)

Stilo Kontika (ISH) – 2001 gelding by Condios (HOLST) out of Blue Labamba (ISH). Breeder: Linda Slattery. Rider: Giovanni Ugolotti (ITA)

Boleybawn Ace (ISH) – 2005 gelding by Harlequin du Carel (SF) out of Queen Cee (ISH), by Cavalier Royale (HOLST). Breeder: Ronan Rothwell, Co. Wicklow. Rider: Andrew Heffernan (NED)

Calico Joe (TB) – 2002 gelding by Clerkenwell (TB) out of Elle’ Sheree (TB), by Beau Sher (TB). Breeder Alfred Buller (IRE). Rider: Andrew Nicholson (NZL)

Ringwood Sky Boy (ISH) –– 2003 gelding by Courage II (HOLST) out of Sky Lassie (ISH), by Sky Boy (TB). Breeder: Myles Mahon, Co. Wexford. Rider: Tim Price (NZL

The Deputy (ISH) – 2002 gelding by Cult Hero (TB) out of Catania (HANN) by Calypso (HANN). Breeder: James Maguire, Co. Wexford. Rider: Jonelle Price (NZL)

Tubber Rebel (ISH) {TIH} – 2000 gelding by Rich Rebel (TB) out of Killea Lady (ISH), by Carrabawn View (ID). Breeder: Liam Kenneally, Co. Tipperary. Rider: Dag Albert (SWE)

Accepted Irish-bred entries from the 2015 waiting list (as of 27. 04 2015)

Cool Dancer (ISH) {TIH} – 2001 gelding by Duca di Busted (TB) out of Arctic Dancer (ISH) by Arctic Que (TB). Breeder: I.S.H.D. CO Alison Corbally, Co. Fermanagh. Rider: Olivia Wilmot (GBR)

Mulrys Error (ISH) – 2002 gelding. Rider: Ben Hobday (GBR)

Sligo Luckyvalier (ISH) – 2002 gelding by Lucky Valier (ISH) out of Fassadinin Diana (ISH) by Highland King (ISH). Breeder: Thomas Walsh, Co. Kilkenny. Rider: Gary Parsonage (GBR)

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