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Irish Sport Horses impress at Eventing World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Le Lion

General October 23, 2022

Irish Sport Horses have produced several stand-out performances at the 2022 FEI WBFSH Eventing World Breeding Championships for Young Horses which came to a close today at Le Lion d’Angers in France.

Three Irish Sport Horses finished inside the top six in the six-year-old competition with the highlight being an excellent runner-up finish for HSH Connor (ISH), bred by Justin Burke and ridden by Caroline Martin (USA). Midnight Endeavour (ISH), bred by James Nash and ridden by Tom Jackson (GBR), finished in fourth place, while Sumas Tina Turner (ISH), bred by Suma Stud and ridden by Isabel English (GBR) finished sixth. Aoife Clarke finished best of the Irish riders in 19th place with Monbeg Ainslie (ISH), bred by Nicholas Cousins.

Ian Cassells with Rosconnell Alto (ISH) (Photo: Irish Eventing Times)

In the seven-year-old competition, Irish Sport Horses again dominated, filling five of the top-10 places. Dassett Arthalent (ISH), bred by Catherine Abbott and ridden by Piggy March (GBR) finished as runners-up while SBH Big Wall (ISH), bred by John P Murphy and ridden by Izzy Taylor (GBR) finished fourth. Ian Cassells was best of the Irish riders in fifth place with Rosconnell Alto (ISH), bred by Patrick Lacey. Shanroe Cooley (ISH), bred by Anthony Smyth and ridden by Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp (USA) finished eighth, while 10th place went to HSH Blake (ISH), bred by Justin Burke and ridden by Caroline Martin (USA).

In total, The Irish Sport Horse had 36 representatives ridden by 12 different nationalities at the Championships, with The Warmblood Studbook of Ireland also fielding one representative making Ireland the most represented country and the ISH the most represented Studbook. Horse Sport Ireland congratulates all the owners, breeders, riders, Chef d’Equipe Dag Albert and all the representatives of the Irish WBFSH member studbooks, WSI and ISH on their performances in Le Lion.

Full results available HERE 

HSH Connor (ISH) – 2016 gelding by Connor 48 (HOLST) out of Galwaybay Merstona (ISH) by Mermus R (KWPN). Breeder: Justin Burke. Owner: Kelley Hutchinson. Rider: Caroline Martin (USA).
Midnight Endeavour (ISH) – 2016 mare by Future Trend (OLD) out of Annsfort Coole Robin (ISH) by Ricardo Z (ZANG). Breeder: James Nash (Clare). Owner: H Jarvis. Rider: Tom Jackson (GBR).
Sumas Tina Turner (ISH) – 2016 mare by Quantino (HOLST) out of Sumas Fanny Brice (ISH) by VDL Arkansas (KWPN). Breeder and owner: Suma Stud. Rider: Isabel English (GBR).
Monbeg Ainslie (ISH) – 2016 mare by Emperor Augustus (TB) out of Tullabeg B (UNK) out of Ramiro B (BWP). Breeder: Nicholas Cousins. Owner and Rider: Aoife Clarke (IRL).

Dassett Arthalent (ISH)[was Arthalent] – 2015 gelding by Valent (KWPN) out of Timpany Night (ISH)[TIH] by Nigrasine (TB). Breeder and owner: Catherine Abbott. Rider: Piggy March (GBR).
SBH Big Wall (ISH) – 2015 gelding by Puissance (ISH)[TIH] out of Unanibeath (ISH) by Courage II (HOLST). Breeder: John P Murphy (Kilkenny). Owner: Barry Griffin and Sara Hakala. Rider: Izzy Taylor (GBR).
Rosconnell Alto (ISH) – 2015 gelding by Tabasco Van Erpekom (BWP) out of All Clover (ISH) by Cavalier Clover Lad (ISH). Breeder: Patrick Lacey. Owner: Gerry & Fiona Leahy. Rider: Ian Cassells (IRL).
Shanroe Cooley (ISH)[was Shanroe Italk] – 2015 gelding by Dallas VDL (BWP) out of Shanroe Saphire (ISH) by Condios (HOLST). Breeder: Anthony Smyth (Down). Owner: Cooley Farm. Rider: Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp (USA).
HSH Blake (ISH) – 2015 gelding by Tolan R (KWPN) out of Doughiska Lass (ISH) by Kannan (KWPN). Breeder: Justin Burke. Owner: Kelley Hutchinson. Rider: Caroline Martin (USA).

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