It was a thrilling weekend at The Landrover Burghley international Horse Trials with spectators kept in suspense as the leader board changed dramatically after each phase.
However, the weekend was truly a special one for Irish bred sport horses as they showed their versatility with exceptional performances in all three disciplines.
After the Dressage phase, Irish Sport Horses occupied eight of the top ten placings, with Kiltubrid Rhapsody (ISH) and Sir Mark Todd (NZL) taking the lead on a score of 26.4.
Time penalties in the cross-country phase played an influential role in the final standings of the competition. The course was an imposing and challenging test, and with the added length to Winner’s Avenue, only four horses completed the course within the time allowed.
Even after this gruelling test, all five of the top placings, after cross-country, were occupied by Irish Sport Horses and seven of the top ten. Ringwood Sky Boy (ISH) and Tim Price (NZL) produced a classy clear round just outside the time allowed to take the lead, just 0.6 of a penalty ahead of last year’s winners, Ballaghmor Class (ISH) and Oliver Townend (GBR), who had stormed around inside the time.
On the final day, the Showjumping phase claimed its fair share of casualties with only eight clear rounds of 39 starters. Once again the Irish Sport Horses proved to be the stars of the show, claiming eight of the top ten spots and, remarkably, all three podium placing were also taken by Irish Sport Horses.
Ringwood Sky Boy (ISH) and Tim Price (NZL) kept their narrow lead over Ballaghmor Class (ISH) and Oliver Townend (GBR) to finally achieve their first four star victory together, after knocking on the door for so many years. Swallow Springs (ISH) and Andrew Nicholson (NZL) produced a double clear inside the time to climb from 16th after dressage third place overall.
Ringwood Sky Boy (ISH) – 2003 gelding by Courage II (HOLST) out of Sky Lassie (ISH), by Sky Boy (TB). Bred by Myles Mahon, Co.Wexford.
Ballaghmor Class (ISH) – 2007 gelding by Courage II (HOLST) out of Kilderry Place (ISH). Bred by Noel Hickey, Co. Limerick.
Swallow Springs (ISH) – 2008 gelding by Chillout (ISH) out of Kilila (ISH), by Cult Hero (TB). Bred by Maria Keating, Co.Galway.
Vanir Kamira (ISH) – 2005 mare by Camiro De Haar Z (ZANG) out of Fair Caledonian (ISH), by Dixi (TB). Bred by Kathryn Jackson, Co. Monaghan.
Away Cruising (ISH) – 2007 gelding by Cruise On (ISH) out of Parklands Princess (ISH), by Able Albert (TB). Bred by Eamon O’Flaherty, Co. Kildare.
Alfies Clover (ISH) (TIH) – 2007 gelding by Tajraasi (TB) out of Aoifes Clover (ISH), by Clover Hill (ID). Bred by James Hickey, Co. Waterford.
Chance Remark (ISH) (TIH) – 2002 gelding by Actinium (TB) out of Cuildooish Lady (ISH), by Farney Clover (ISH). Bred by Kevin Fawl, Co. Galway.
Bango (ISH) – 2006 gelding by Garrison Royal (ISH) out of No Sale (ISH), by Don Tristan (TB). Bred by James Foley, Co. Wexford.
Kiltubrid Rhapsody (ISH) – 2007 gelding by Cascaletto St. Ghyvan Z (ZANG) out of Kiltubrid Heather (ISH), by Lombardo (KWPN). Bred by Marian Tighe, Co. Leitrim.
MHS King Joules (ISH) – 2005 gelding by Ghareeb (TB) out of Gowran Lady (ISH), by Cavalier Royal (HOLST). Bred by Mrs Ita Brennan, Co. Kilkenny.
Cooley SRS (ISH) – 2007 gelding by Ramiro B (BWP) out of Ballynattin Pride (ISH), by Kiltealy Spring (ISH). Bred by John Fitzhenry, Co. Wexford.
Improvise (ISH) (TIH) – 2004 gelding by Master Imp (TB) out of Diamond Wood (ISH), by Marwood (TB). Bred by Ms Anastasia Lawlor, Co. Kilkenny.
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