Mikey Pender guides Thomas Hughes-bred HHS Catwalk (ISH) to victory at National Balmoral

Today’s (Sunday) Showjumping Ireland Premier Grand Prix at the National Balmoral Championship saw Irish-bred horses fill the top two places, with Kildare’s Mikey Pender partnering the Thomas Hughes-bred HHS Catwalk (ISH) to victory after a hugely competitive 16-horse jump-off.

Pender and the Bravo Hughes-owned 11-year-old mare stopped the clock clear in 45.04 seconds to take the win. Second place went to another Irish-bred as the Stephen Keane-bred DHF Lift Off (ISH), ridden by Kevin Gallagher crossed the line clear in 46.42. Mikey Pender also took third place, this time with the Marion Hughes-owned Chacco Bay in a time of 47.20.

1st HHS Catwalk (ISH) – 2012 mare by Cit Cat (HOLST) out of HHS Clo Jo (ISH)[TIH]. Breeder: Thomas A Hughes, Co. Kilkenny. Owner: Bravo Hughes Ltd. Rider: Michael Pender (IRL)
2nd DHF Lift Off (ISH) – 2014 Mare by Harlequin Du Carel (SF) out of Missy K (ISH) by Mr Clover (ISH). Breeder: Stephen Keane. Owner: GBBS International Ltd. Rider: Kevin Gallagher.