The Irish Sport Horse was the highest represented studbook in Eventing at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.
A total of twenty-eight Irish-bred event horses participated in the eventing discipline at the French venue this year representing a total of twelve nations. The Team competition saw the Germany take Gold, Great Britian silver and the Netherlands bring home the Bronze medals.
Silver medal winning team Great Britian contained two of our Irish Sport Horse ambassadors High Kingdom (Zara Phillips) and Wild Lone (Harry Meade), the latter of which tragically died following a suspected heart attack after completing the Cross-Country phase. Bred by Dr. PJ Geraghty in Galway, Wild Lone had recorded an impressive 3rd place at Badminton CCI4* in May of this year.
High Kingdom, bred by Wicklow’s William Micklem, was the highested place Irish Sport Horse in the individual rankings finishing 11th. A total of eighteen Irish-bred horses completed the challenging World Equestrian Games event.
A second Wicklow-bred horse featured in the Team medals. Boleybawn Ace, bred by Ronan Rothwell, picked up a Team Brozne with his rider Andrew Heffernan (NED).
The Irish Eventing team, all of whom were mounted on Irish Sport Horses, finished sixth which qualifies Ireland for the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. The team comprised of Aoife Clark (Fenyas Elegance), Sam Watson (Horseware Bushman), Jospeh Murphy (Electric Cruise) and Sarah Ennis (Horseware Stellor Rebound).
List of Irish-bred horses who completed WEG 2014:
11 High Kingdom (ISH) – 2001 gelding by Master Imp (TB) out of High Dolly (ISH) by Chair Lift (TB). Breeder: William Micklem. Rider: Zara Phillips (GBR) 68.9
15 Kilronan (ISH) – 2001 gelding by Ghareeb (TB) out of Ramble Way (ISH) by Diamond Lad (ID). Breeder: Patrick Fenlon. Rider: Paul Tapner (AUS) 74.6
17 Paulank Brockagh (ISH) – 2003 mare by Touchdown (ISH) out of Calander Girl (P)(ISH) by Triggerero (TB). Breeder: Paula Cullen. Rider: Sam Griffiths (AUS) 75.7
21 Fenyas Elegance (ISH) – 2004 mare by Ricardo Z (ZANG) out of Fenya (ISH) by Good Thyne (TB). Breeder: P J Hegarty. Rider: Aoife Clark (IRL) 84.3
22 Stilo Kontika (ISH) – 2001 gelding by Condios (HOLST) out of Blue Labamba (ISH). Breeder: Linda Slattery. Rider: Giovanni Ugolotti (ITA) 91.2
48 Fernhill Fearless – 2000 gelding OIO by Mark Twain. Rider: Kim Severson (USA) 91.2
25 Annie Clover [was Gurtera Annie Clover] (ISH) – 2004 mare by Newmarket Venture (HANN) out of Kilderry Clover (ISH) by Clover Hill (ID). Breeder: James Bradley. Rider: Nicola Wilson (GBR) 92.0
30 Horseware Bushman (ISH) – 1999 gelding by Puissance (ISH) out of Clear Conscience (ISH) by Horos (TB). Breeder: John Watson. Rider: Sam Watson (IRL) 100.0
32 Portersize Just a Jiff (ISH) – 2000 gelding by Crosskeys Rebel (CP) out of Mizen Talent (ISH) by Mizen Melody (TB). Breeder: Philip White. Rider: Camilla Spiers (IRL) 102.8
33 Tubber Rebel (ISH) – 2000 gelding by Rich Rebel (TB) out of Killea Lady (ISH) by Carrabawn View (ID). Breeder: Liam Kenneally. Rider: Dag Albert (SWE) 106.9
34 Sofarsogood (ISH) – 2000 mare by Naheez (TB) out of Vanity Fair (OLD) by Volturno (OLD). Breeder: Charlotte Walshe. Rider: Malin Petersen (SWE) 108.2
42 Grass Valley (ISH) – 2000 gelding by Legal Pressure (TB) out of Connaught Gold (P)(ISH) by Clover Hill (ID). Breeder: John A Cogan . Rider: Gabriel Figueriredo Silv (BRA) 126.5
43 Kilrodan Abbott (ISH) -1999 gelding by Clover Brigade (ISH) out of Gentle Lassi (ISH) by Leabeg (ISH) Breeder: Michael Hogan. Rider: Peter Barry (CAN) 131.1
45 Electric Cruise (ISH) – 2001 gelding by Cruising (ISH) out of Kilnamac Sally (ISH) by Clover Hill (ID). Breeder: James J Ryan. Rider: Joseph Murphy (IRL) 135.0
49 Harbour Pilot C (ISH) – 1999 gelding by Coolcorran Cool Diamond (ISH) out of Beavers Bugsey Malone (ISH) by Hallodri (TB). Breeder: John P Holihan. Rider: Alex Hua Tian (CHN)
51 CTS Twin Peaks (ISH) – 2000 gelding by Eaton du Rezidal (BEWB) out of Serpent Bell (ISH). Breeder: P Holmes. Rider: Peter Tersgov Flarup (DEN) 141.5
52 Horseware Stellor Rebound (ISH) – 2004 gelding OIO by VDL Ricochet (KWPN). Rider: Sarah Ennis (IRL) 143.5
54 Leitrim Orient Express (ISH) – 2003 mare by Leitrim Classic Clover (ISH) out of Izodora (ISH) by Euphemism (TB). Breeder: W A Anderson. Rider Evelina Bertoli (ITA) 153.0
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