This weekend sees the FEI World Cup final for Showjumping and Dressage taking place in Lyon, France. Two Irish-bred horses feature in this years Showjumping final, both representing Team USA.
23 year-old Saer Coulter is riding the Waterford bred stallion Carmena Z. Formally ridden by Ireland’s Shane Breen Camena Z was bred by Carmel and Dermot Ryan who owned the beautiful grey up to Nations Cup level. The 14 year-old stallion is by Jos Lansink’s Atlanta and Sydney Olympic Games mount Carthago out of the Irish Sport Horse mare Irma, by Irco Mena. Saer Coulter and Carmena Z got off to a promising start today (Thursday) when placing 4th in the 1.45m Two Phase warm-up class.
Charlie Jacobs will also be representing the 11 strong Team USA at the French final. Jacobs rides the Irish-bred gelding Flaming Star who he piloted to win the $50,000 Holiday & Horse CSI2* Grand Prix in Wellington last December. Bred by County Derry’s Liam McKee Flaming Star was produced in Ireland by John Higgins before going to the UK. In 2010 Daniel Neilson rode Flaming Star at international level recording placings in shows such as Caen, Oldenburg and La Coruna. Since partnered with Charlie Jacobs Flaming Star has enjoyed a successful career in both National and International Grand Prix classes in the United States and Canada.
Billy Twomey is the sole representative of Team Ireland for this years FEI World Cup in Lyon. Riding Tinka’s Serenade for the World Cup final classes Billy also has entered the 9 year-old Royale du Rouet in the CSI3* competitions. Lyon will be the second World Cup final appearance for Tinka’s Serenade. The Tinka’s Boy sired mare competed in the Leipzig World Cup final in 2011.
We wish our Irish rider and our Irish-bred horses good luck in their FEI World Cup actiion this weekend.
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