Irish-bred horses are set to compete at the first 5* event to go ahead for 2020 – Les 5 Étoiles de Pau, France. Dressage will run from 13.00-18.30 tomorrow, Thursday 22nd October and from 8.30-11.45 on Friday; the Cross Country phase will run from 13.00 – 17.00 on Saturday and Show Jumping will begin at 14.45 on Sunday (subject to change depending on the 2nd horse inspection). All times are local: France GMT+2.
The line-up of horses set to compete is studded with Irish breeding – of the 62 horses entered, 19 horses are Irish-bred (31%). Irish horses will compete for Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain at the prestigious event.
In terms of breeding, of the 19 Irish-bred horses, four are out of Traditional Irish Horse mares; two are by a Traditional Irish Horse sire (Watervalley Cool Diamond & Puissance); four are by Thoroughbred sires; two are out of Glidawn Diamond (ID) mares; and there is one Traditional Irish Horse competing (Gortfadda Diamond, bred by Sean Thomas Lydon, Co. Galway).
Looking at the credentials of the Irish horses set to compete, a stand-out entry is Tim Price’s (NZL) mount Ringwood Sky Boy (ISH) – this horse had 14 starts at 5* (previously 4*) level since 2013, most notably winning the Burghley Horse Trials in 2018 after finishing 5th at the same event in 2017. Ringwood Sky Boy (ISH) was bred by Myles Mahon, Co. Wexford.
Also competing is Graf Liberty (ISH), who finished an impressive 4th place at the Badminton Horse Trials in 2019 after just four starts at this level since 2015. Traditional Irish Horse Gordtfadda Diamond will make his debut at CCI5* level with Emilie Chandler (GBR), as will Artful Trinity (ISH), the youngest horse entered to compete at nine years old, with Great Britain’s Izzy Taylor.
Artful Trinity (ISH) – 2011 gelding by OBOS Quality 004 (OLD) out of KEC Northern Star (ISH) by Glidawn Diamond (ID). Breeder: William Kennedy, Co. Kerry. Owner: Sara & Tom Strong. Rider: Isabelle (Izzy) Taylor (GBR).
Bango Royale (AKA Bango) (ISH) – 2006 gelding by Garrison Royal (ISH) out of No Sale (ISH) by Don Tristan (TB). Breeder: James Foley, Co. Wexford. Owner: Numero Uno Syndicate. Rider: Tim Price (NZL).
Brookfield Inocent (ISH) – 2009 gelding by Inocent (KWPN) out of Shalies Pet (ISH)[TIH] by Kings Servant (ISH)[TIH]. Breeder: John Mulvey, Co. Wicklow. Owner: Alison Swinburn & John & Chloe Perry. Rider: Piggy March (GBR).
Carneyhaugh Rua (ISH) – 2010 gelding by Harlequin Du Carel (SF) out of Carneyhaugh Bella (ISH) by Cavalier Royale (HOLST). Breeder: Patrick & Martina Breen, Co. Down. Owner: Ian & Jane James. Rider: David Doel (GBR).
Diamond Sundance (ISH) – 2006 gelding by Sunny Boy (KWPN) out of KEC Costello Diamond (ISH) by Glidawn Diamond (ID). Breeder: William Kennedy, Co. Kerry. Owner: Cindy Onslow. Rider: Rosa Onslow (GBR).
Ferro Point (WNTR) – 2010 mare by Match Point (TB) out of Ferra Jones (ISH) by S Creevagh Gerro Ex Siebe (KWPN). Breeder: Trevor Badger, Co. Westmeath. Owner: Christine Lees. Rider: David Doel (GBR).
Gortfadda Diamond (ISH)[TIH] – 2009 gelding by Watervalley Cool Diamond (ISH)[TIH] out of Panda (TB) by Glacial Storm (TB). Breeder: Sean Thomas Lydon, Co. Galway. Owner: Maria Doel. Rider: Emilie Chandler (GBR).
Graf Liberty (ISH) – 2005 gelding by Limmerick (HOLST) out of Lisheen Star (ISH) by Cavalier Royale (HOLST). Breeder: Brian Livingstone, Co. Down. Owner: Jill Martin & David Webster. Rider: Christopher Burton (AUS).
Grovine De Reve (ISH) – 2008 gelding by Hermes De Reve (SF) out of Erkina Jane (ISH)[TIH] by Rimilis (TB). Breeder: Paddy & Maria Raggett, Co. Kilkenny. Owner: Therese Miller, Jo Preston-Hunt, Philip Hunt & Jonelle Price. Rider: Jonelle Price (NZL).
Kananaskis (ISH) – 2008 gelding by Ustiinov (KWPN) out of New Years Sindy (ISH) by Taloubet VDL (KWPN). Breeder: Nroman Edgar Watt, Co. Tyrone. Owner and Rider: Richard Coney (GBR).
King of the Mill (ISH) – 2010 gelding by Stormhill Miller (TB) out of Ballycanew Queen (ISH) by Kildalton King (ID). Breeder: James Timmons, Co. Wexford. Owner: Michael and Naomi Roe. Rider: Alexander Bragg (GBR).
Kroon Leader (ISH) – 2010 gelding by Kroongraaf (KWPN) out of Natures Leader (TB) by Supreme Leader (TB). Breeder: Daniel & Bernie Coonan, Co. Kilkenny. Owner: Nicholas Lucey & Sheena Pilkington. Rider: Nicholas Lucey (GBR).
Mermus R Diamonds [AKA Badger Hill Rosemerm, Badger Hill Mer Pendle] (ISH) – 2010 mare by Mermus R (KWPN) out of Pendle Watercolour (ISH)[TIH] by Colourfield (TB). Breeder: Gerry Higgins, Co. Galway. Owner and Rider: Richard Coney (GBR).
MHS King Joules (ISH) – 2005 gelding by Ghareeb (TB) out of Gowran Lady (ISH) by Cavalier Royale (HOLST). Breeder: Ita Brennan, Co. Kilkenny. Owner: Tom Joule. Rider: Oliver Townend (GBR).
Pride of Tredstep (ISH) – 2008 mare by Lord Noble (TB) out of Felicitys Pride (ISH). Breeder: Patrick Hughes & Aidan Keogh. Rider: Aidan Keogh (IRL).
Rehy DJ (ISH) – 2010 gelding by Tinaranas Inspector (WESTF) out of Rehy Misty (ISH) by Big Sink Hope (TB). Breeder: Noel L. Russell, Co. Clare. Owner: Mrs S. Davies, Mr E. Davies & Miss J. Chinn. Rider: Yasmin Ingham (GBR).
Ringwood Sky Boy (ISH) – 2003 gelding by Courage II (HOLST) out of Sky Lassie (ISH)[TIH] by Sky Boy (TB). Breeder: Myles Mahon, Co. Wexford. Owner: Varenna Allen, Tim Price & Robert Taylor. Rider: Tim Price (NZL).
RLE Limbo Kaiser [AKA Limbo Kaiser] (ISH) – 2007 gelding by Abdullah (TB) out of An Cailin Donn (ISH) by Dawn Review (TB). Breeder: Jane Scully, Co. Cork. Owner: Cindy Onslow. Rider: Rosa Onslow (GBR).
Up Up And Away (ISH) – 2006 gelding by Puissance (ISH)[TIH] out of Coolmore Frolic (ISH) by Paris Lights (SF). Breeder: Marie Creighton, Co. Kidlare. Owner: Cameron & Mary Crawford & Caroline Powell. Rider: Caroline Powell (NZL).
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