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 »

Kilguilkey House International 2016 – Preparations Continue!

With 30 days to go before the 2016 Fernhill Sport Horses Kilguilkey International Horse Trials get underway, preparations are gathering pace at the Co. Cork venue.

Taking place on the 2nd and 3rd July, organisers Danny and Michelle Dulohery have upgraded the event to CIC3* level and course designer Mike Etherington-Smith (GBR) has promised flowing tracks that will be built up to height and provide the perfect stepping stone towards CCI level.

Now in its fourth year, Carol Gee’s ‘Fernhill Sport Horses’ continues to support the event through their title sponsorship and with queries from the UK, Europe and further afield, the 2016 edition looks set to be a truly international affair. This year also sees Haygain® come on board, sponsoring the CIC3* class. The UK-based company manufactures hay steamers which are distributed in Ireland by Cullen Equine Solutions and will be exhibiting their product range during the event.

Entries can be made through the Eventing Ireland website before 20th June. The provisional timetable and further information is available on www.kilguilkeyhouse.com.

Haygain sponsor CIC3* class at Fernhill Sport Horses Kilguilkey International

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Haygain_KilguilkeyHaygain® is delighted to announce their sponsorship of the CIC3* class at the Fernhill Sport Horses Kilguikey House International Horse Trials in Co. Cork on the 2nd and 3rd July 2016.

Haygain® offers a range of scientifically proven hay steamers that eliminatesrespirable dust in hay and haylage by killing mould spores and bacteria to produce hygienically clean forage and thus aid in the prevention and management of respiratory conditions.  By steaming hay and haylage to ultra-high temperatures, the patented Haygain® steamer produces highly-palatable forage that is fragrant and appetising and – unlike soaking – steaming ensures that the essential nutrients are retained within the hay.  

Ideal for post-operative horses, or those with poor appetite, Haygain® is proud to sponsor the exciting 3* international class at Kilguikey House, an event that is immensely popular with both Irish and international competitors.

Haygain hay steamers are distributed in Ireland by Cullen Equine Solutions; Managing Director Declan Cullen is a renowned equine feed consultant, who advised Horse Sport Ireland for seven years, working with Ireland’s High Performance Squad for two World Equestrian Games and two Olympic Games. He has also competed to three star level in eventing.

For more information please visit www.haygain.com

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.

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