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Izzy Delivers Perfect Performance

Izzy Taylor (Perfect Stranger) - Haygain CIC3* Winner 2017 (Photo: Bit-Media)
Izzy Taylor (Perfect Stranger) - Haygain CIC3* Winner 2017 (Photo: Bit-Media)

Izzy Taylor (Perfect Stranger) – Haygain CIC3* Winner 2017 (Photo: Bit-Media)

Great Britain’s Izzy Taylor emerged victorious in the feature class at the Fernhill Sport Horses Kilguilkey International Horse Trials in Co. Cork today following the conclusion of the Haygain CIC***. Riding Miss Alex C Phillips’ ‘Perfect Stranger’ the first-time visitor to Kilguilkey added just two cross country time penalties to their dressage score to complete on 45.7 penalties. Last to leave the start box in the class having had mixed results with her first two rides, the Oxford-based rider was full of praise for the Mike Etherington-Smith designed Cross Country course. ‘I’d never been here before so didn’t know what to expect,’ she said speaking at the prize giving. ‘ Mike and Danny [Dulohery] have done an amazing job and my horses have had a good spin and come out of it learning a lot.’

Time proved influential with leader after dressage and showjumping, Blyth Tait (NZL) and ‘Darius IV’ picking up 8.8 time penalties for an eventual 4th place while Meath rider Sarah Ennis had to settle for second place with ‘Horseware Stellor Rebound’ after incurring 5.6 penalties across the country. Joseph Murphy took third place with ‘Sportsfield Othello’ while Cork-based British rider Sian Hawkes recorded the only double clear round in the class with ‘Kilroe Hero’ to finish sixth in the final rankings.

In the TopSpec CIC**, British rider Rosie Fry recorded her first win on Irish soil with Mr. Richard Fry’s ‘Arise Cavalier;’ keeping a clean slate in both jumping phases to complete on their dressage score (37). Speaking after her win, Fry said ‘We heard good things about the event from a few Irish people and decided to come over. The cross country rode really well with a few decent questions but my horse made it feel easy.’

The battle for second place became a truly international affair with New Zealand visitor Blyth Tait and American Kim Severson tied on the same score (39.2). The final placings were determined by the rider closest to the optimum time (5:49) which proved to be Tait; the former World Champion and multiple Olympic medallist with ‘Havanna Van T Cataneahof’ while Severson took third with ‘Cooley Cross Border.’ Limerick rider Robbie Kearns proved to be the best of the Irish when taking 5th place with ‘Garrybritt Bonny’ (46.7).

Ella Boyle made her journey from Co. Down worthwhile when she took the honours in the Global Event Horses CIC1* with Amanda Boyle’s ‘Candy 737.’ Leading from the opening phase, the combination completed on their dressage score (37.7), ahead of Michael Ryan and Briarhill Marco (41.1) and Sarah Dowley with Shannondale Dita in third (41.3). Kilguilkey also played host to one star classes for Juniors and Ponies supported by Eventing Ireland. With the FEI European Eventing Championships for Young Riders and Juniors getting underway in Millstreet in two weeks time, all eyes were on the potential team and individual contenders. At the request of the team selectors, the competition at Junior level followed the CCI format, with the final results being decided in the show-jumping arena on Sunday afternoon. Kildare’s Alex Power emerged on top with ‘Millridge Cara’ finishing on their dressage score (40.7) while Sofie Walshe (Kinsau) and Anna Kelly (Something Special VI) completed the podium placings. At pony level, the European Championship contenders will have a long journey to Hungary this year. Hoping to join them will be Kildare rider Zara Nelson who recorded brilliant double clears across the country to take the red rosette with ‘Knockbordan Revelation’ (44.5) and third place with ‘Millridge Buachaill Bui.’ Sadhbh Peelo Stassin occupied second place on the leaderboard with Newtown Westie, passing through the cross country finishing flags just one second over the optimum time to complete on 46.4 penalties.

2017 marked the fifth running of the Fernhill Sport Horses Kilguilkey International Horse Trials and at the prize giving ceremony, riders and visiting remarked on the continuous developments and upgrading of the Co. Cork venue into a top class international equestrian facility.

Organisers and landowners, Danny and Michelle Dulohery are extremely grateful for the support of new sponsors Top Spec and Global Event Horses, together with Fernhill Sport Horses, Haygain, Eventing Ireland and a long list of fence sponsors, contributors and supporters.

Full results available here.

Kilguilkey International 2016 – Watson wins in Co. Cork

Sam Watson (Horseware Bushman) - Haygain CIC3* Winner - Fernhill Sport Horses Kilguilkey International 2016

Sam Watson emerged victorious in the feature class at the Fernhill Sport Horses Kilguilkey International Horse Trials in Co. Cork today following the conclusion of the Haygain CIC***. The leader since the dressage phase, the Carlow-based rider and his legendary 17 year old home-bred Puissance gelding ‘Horseware Bushman (ISH-TIH) added just 6.8 time penalties a Cross Country phase where the time proved to be influential. Watson has partnered ‘Horseware Bushman’ to the highest level of eventing over an international career that spans ten years and speaking after his win this afternoon he said he has no plans for retiring yet! Joseph Murphy made his journey from Co. Down worthwhile by finishing just five points behind in second with Suzanne Finlay’s ‘DHI Top Story’ while Cork rider Rebecca Dunlea recorded one of her biggest international results to date by taking third spot with her own ‘Cashelane Captain.’ Read more »

Watson leads the way at Kilguilkey

Sam Watson (pictured here with son Archie) is the overnight leader in the Haygain CIC3* ahead of the Cross Country phase on Sunday.

Sam Watson heads the Haygain CIC*** leaderboard at the Fernhill Sport Horses Kilguilkey International Horse Trials following the conclusion of the first two phases today. A flawless performance in the dressage and showjumping arenas put the Carlow-based rider in poll position at the end of Day One with his legendary 17 year old home-bred Puissance gelding ‘Horseware Bushman (ISH-TIH).’ Cork rider Rebecca Dunlea lies in second place with ‘Cashelane Captain’ while Joseph Murphy holds on to third place overnight. Read more »

Ryan strikes the right note at Kilguilkey

Michael Ryan (Dunlough Striker) - CIC** Winners 2015
Michael Ryan (Dunlough Striker) - CIC** Winners 2015

Michael Ryan (Dunlough Striker) – CIC** Winners 2015 (Photo: Bit-Media)

Cork-based Michael Ryan and ‘Dunlough Striker’ took the Pegus Horse Feed CIC** title this afternoon at the Fernhill Sport Horses Kilguilkey House International Horse Trials in Mallow, Co. Cork. A previous winner of the class in 2013 with ‘Ballylynch Wizard,’ Ryan rode Carol and Tom Henry’s Maltstriker gelding to victory, despite incurring 4.4 time penalties. The win means that the Dan Coleman Perpetual Trophy for the highest placed Munster-based rider stays in the Donegan-Ryan household for a third consecutive year following Patricia Ryan’s performance in last year’s CIC** class. The cross country questions posed by newly appointed designer Mike Etherington-Smith caused it’s fair share of problems but the top 3 remained unchanged from their positions after yesterday’s Dressage and Show-Jumping phases, with Louise Bloomer and ‘Hollybrook Sky High’ finishing in second and Heidi Hamilton taking third with her own ‘Dam Easy.’ Cork-based Rebecca Dunlea slotted into 4th with her own ‘Cashelane Captain’ while George Russell posted the only clear round inside the time to move up to 5th place on the leaderboard.

In the CIC* competition, Fraser Duffy held onto the lead with Carol Gee’s ‘Summer at Fernhill,’ completing on their dressage score. A clear round inside the time brought Gerald Bloomer and ‘Calliaghstown Flight’ up from 6th place to finish in 2nd while Millstreet 2014 pony squad member Jessica Kuehnle held onto third with ‘Rathnaleen Roy.’

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Fraser Duffy (Summer at Fernhill) – CIC* Winners 2015 (Photo: Bit-Media)

Competition at Kilguilkey was particularly important for those vying to impress the team selectors for the 2015 FEI European Championships for Ponies. The CNCP** was won by Cameron Kiernan Jnr. and ‘Bocade Slo-Mo-Shun’ while Izzy Riley and ‘Monarch of the Glen’ added four jumping penalties to their dressage score to take second position.

Now in its third year, the event received great feedback from riders, visitors and officials alike and the presence of Fernhill Sport Horses as title sponsors was greatly appreciated. The sponsored Hog Roast on Saturday evening was very well supported and event organisers Danny and Michelle Dulohery are extremely grateful for the support of a wide range of sponsors and supporters from across the country.

Full results from all classes are available on www.eventingireland.com.

Caroline Lynch leads the Kilguilkey House EI90 League

Caroline Lynch - the current leader of the Kilguilkey House EI90 League
Caroline Lynch - the current leader of the Kilguilkey House EI90 League

Caroline Lynch – the current leader of the Kilguilkey House EI90 League

At the halfway stage in the 2015 Kilguilkey House EI90 League, Co. Meath’s Caroline Lynch is the current leader with It’s a Capitalist, following a win at Gurteen (29th March) and 3rd place at Finvoy (2nd May).

Finvoy winner Fiona Fitzgibbon (Lisnahall Miss Toffee) and Millstreet leader (12th April) Ian Walsh (IPW Diamond Fever) are tied for second position at the moment.

The overall league winner will be presented with two cross country schooling fences worth €1500, built by international course builder Danny Dulohery. This incentive has seen strong demand at the opening stages of the league with 34 horse/rider combinations having participated to date.

The Kilguilkey EI90 League moves on to Annaharvey Farm next weekend (10th May) with the concluding stages taking place at Clyda 1 (7th June) and Ballinamona (5th July) before the final at Kilguilkey on 9th August.

Entries for the remaining stages can be made through Eventing Ireland.

Full details of the Kilguilkey House EI90 League can be found under Leagues on the Eventing Ireland website by clicking here.

XC Fences up for grabs in new Kilguilkey House EI90 League

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Kilguilkey House are delighted to be sponsoring an Eventing Ireland EI90 league over five legs.  The overall league winner will be presented with two cross country schooling fences worth €1500, built by international course builder Danny Dulohery.

The five legs will take place in each region, starting at Gurteen College on Sunday 29 March and concluding at the Kilguilkey House event on 9 August.

In addition, Kilguilkey House will give the winner of each leg an embroidered rug with second and third placed riders getting an embroidered saddle cloth.

The Kilguilkey House EI90 League is only open to all registered members and horses of Eventing Ireland – day members will not be eligible for prizes.

Speaking of this new league Kilguilkey’s Danny and Michelle Dulohery said “We are delighted to support the grassroots of the sport and by offering the XC fences as prizes for the league winner of which we hope they will benefit and progress on.”

Georgia Stubington, Eventing Ireland Chairman said of the new league “It is wonderful to see an Eventing Ireland venue being so generous.  It’s a fabulous league and great for our members.“

Entries to each leg can be made online via the Eventing Ireland website.

Full details of the Kilguilkey House EI90 League can be found under Leagues on the Eventing Ireland website by clicking here.

See examples of some of the fences available from Kilguilkey House here.

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