The Irish Sport Horse Mr Cruise Control saw off some of the world’s top eventing combinations when claiming victory in Luhmuhlen’s CCI4* event ridden by New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson. Followed closely in 2nd was another Irish Sport Horse, High Kingdom, ridden by Zara Phillips (GBR)
Mr Cruise Control (ISH) has been a consistent and reliable competitor for Nicholson since the gelding made his international debut in 2007. Having represented the Irish Sport Horse Studbook at the World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses in both 2007, placing 4th, and 2008, placing 11th, Mr Cruise Control went on to claim wins in international events such as Hartpury CIC3* in 2010 and again in 2011. The recent win in Luhmuhlen brings the total of CCI4* top ten finishes to five. The pair had previously placed 4th in Luhmuhlen CCI4* in 2010.
Bred by Jenny McCann of Hartwell Stud in Co. Kildare, Mr Cruise Control is by the McCann’s resident 5* Approved stallion Cruising (ISH). The dam, Chia (ISH), is by the Approved American Thoroughbred Broussard. Under Horse Sport Ireland’s breeding policy a 5* Eventing stallion is one who has achieved 2 MERs (Minimum Eligibility Requirment) at CCI4* level to achieve the status on his own performance or have 2 progeny each with 2 MERs at CCI3* level. Based on the progeny performances of Cruising he is rated 5* EV PP and 5* SJ PP.
Second place went to London Olympic Games combination High Kingdom (ISH) and Zara Phillips (GBR). High Kingdom (ISH) was bred by William Micklem, Annacrivey Stud, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow. The 2001 gelding is by Master Imp (TB) and out of the Chair Lift (TB) mare, High Dolly (ISH). Phillips and High Kingdom had already achieved top international results including 5th Samaur (France) CCI3* 2011, 10th Burghley (UK) CCI4* 2011, 5th Burnham Market (UK) CIC3* 2012 and 3rd Branham (UK) CIC3* in the lead up to their individual 8th placing at the London Olympic Games in 2012.High Kingdom is owned by Grand National winning owner Trevor Hemmings.
IRISH SPORT HORSE STUDBOOK HOLDING FIRST PLACE IN THE WBFSH EVENTING STUDBOOK RANKINGS
The Irish Sport Horse Studbook, is currently lying in 1st place in the WBFSH eventing Studbook rankings, received a further boost when Rathmoyle King (ISH), Tubber Rebel (ISH), Highland Ford (ISH), Sportsfield Othello (ISH) and Sligo Luckyvalier (ISH) all recorded top 20 finishes.
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About the Irish Sport horse :
The Irish Sport Horse is considered Ireland’s most successful competition horse. The selective breeding of Draught bloodlines with Sport horse breeds and thoroughbred produces a truly exceptional equine athlete that excels and competes to the very highest levels. In recent years there has also been an infusion of continental warmblood breeds into the Irish Sport Horse.
The Irish Sport Horse Studbook has been the leading eventing Studbook in the WBFSH for 14 of the past 16 years. In showjumping, Irish Sport Horses such as Boomerang, Ryan’s Son, Cruising and more recently, Flexible, Castlefield Eclipse and Lisona have been competing at the highest level. The Irish Sport Horse is also an ideal leisure horse and is a safe and popular choice for the amateur rider.
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