Irish Sport Horses Win Two Divisions at Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event
Press Release: May 17, 2016
Much to the delight of the Irish Horse Gateway, Irish Sport Horses (ISH) have proved their prowess at the international level of eventing for the third consecutive week. Irish-bred horses won two of the four divisions at the 2016 Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event held at the Horse Park of New Jersey, May 11-15. The Jersey Fresh International (JFI) was the last qualifying selection event for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team that will compete at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil this summer.
Top U.S. rider Phillip Dutton, a five-time Olympian, won the CCI2* division aboard Sportsfield Candy, a 9 year-old ISH gelding by Condios out of Angel of Harlem. The pair scored 48.80 in the dressage phase and produced penalty-free rounds in both the cross country and show jumping phases to complete on their dressage score and claim the title. Sportsfield Candy also won the Top Scoring Irish Draught Horse Award presented by the Irish Draught Horse Society of North America along with his owners Dave and Patricia Vos, who won the Owners Award, sponsored by the Horse Park of New Jersey. Dutton’s groom, Emma Ford, earned the EquiFit Grooms Award.
“I am pleased for the horse in particular because he is quite talented,” said Dutton. “He performed well in all three phases and he’s a really careful horse. It’s very rewarding when it all comes together like that.”
In the CCI3* division, Irish horses took two of the top eight places, and three ofthe top 16 spots. U.S. Olympic veteran Kim Severson and Fernhill Fearless, a 16 year-old ISH gelding, took sixth place with a score of 54.90, while countryman Caroline Martin and Spring Easy, a 10 year-old ISH gelding by Garrison Royal (ISH) out of Castlegrogan Clare (ISH) and bred by Kenneth Walsh in Ireland’s County Laois, finished in eighth place on 56.80 penalty points. Martin and Spring Easy won the Closest to the Optimum Time award, sponsored by Animo and Spring Easy was also presented with the Top Scoring Irish Draught Horse Award presented by the Irish Draught Horse Society of North America. In addition, U.S. rider Tamra Smith finished 16th on Twizted Syster, a 10 year-old ISH mare by Cyrano out of Drumadoney Lass that was bred by R.J. McAvoy, Co. Down. The division was won by Australian rider Ryan Wood and Powell, with a final score of 46.00.
Irish horses claimed four of the top ten spots in the CIC3* division, and it wasAmerican rider Kylie Lyman and her 10 year-old Irish Sport Horse, Sacramento, who claimed the victory. The pair held second place after their 52.30 dressage score and moved into the lead after clear show jumping and cross country rounds, adding just 3.60 cross country time penalties to their score to clinch the win with a total of 55.90 penalty points. Matthew Brown (USA) and Talking Point BCF, a 9 year-old ISH, bred by Jane Darrah in Co. Kilkenny in Ireland, took third place with a final score of 57.60, while Sharon White (USA) and her ISH Cooley On Show finished in fourth place with 67.80 penalty points. Lyman and her second mount Lup the Loop, an 8 year-old ISH bred by Rachel Sterling in Co. Tipperary in Ireland, finished in seventh place on a final score of 73.40.
“We are thrilled with him,” said Lyman of the Irish-bred horse. “He just got better and better as he went. It’s been really exciting to have him and to get to continue on with our partnership.”
In the CIC2* division, U.S. Olympic veteran William Coleman and the 7 year-old bay ISH gelding Off The Record finished in second place after incurring time faults in both the show jumping and cross country phases to finish on 52.50 penalties – just one-tenth of a penalty point behind division winners Kurt A. Martin (USA) and DA Calimero, who completed with 52.40 penalty points.
In addition to the top results at the Jersey Fresh International, Irish-bred horses have dominated the top placings at two of the biggest CCI 4* events in the world over the past month, including the Badminton International Horse Trials in England and the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in Lexington, KY.
“We are thrilled with the results and the performances of the ISH at Jersey Fresh International,” said Elaine Hatton, Director of International Marketing for Horse Sport Ireland. “ISH have earned top results over the past three weeks at the best competitions in the world and we are so proud to breed and produce the types of horses that excel at the very highest level of the sport.”
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