Young Eventhorse Series (YES) graduates among top ranked performers globally

The Young Eventhorse Series (YES), run at venues across Ireland annually, continues to be a major success, with several graduates of the series now at the very top of the sport globally. A kindergarten for potential international event horses and a defining link in the long chain from the breeding of a horse to its appearance at five-star level, the Young Eventhorse Series presents a vitally important stepping stone for 4-year old and 5-year old Irish-bred horses.

The recent Equiratings list of the top 8-year-olds in world Eventing, shows several graduates of the Young Event Horse Series among the top performers.
HSH Blake (ISH), bred by Justin Burke at Galway Bay Stud, was produced by Mary Mangan for the 4-year-old Young Eventhorse Series in 2019, qualifying in Scarteen. HSH Blake (ISH) is now ridden by Caroline Pamukcu for the USA.

Brookfield Future News (ISH), bred in Antrim by Hilary Furlonger, was campaigned by Louise Codd in the 2019 at the 4 year old Young Eventhorse Series and went on to win the Dublin Horse Show YES class. Brookfield Future News (ISH) is now partnered with Britain’s Piggy March.

Another YES graduate. Shanroe Cooley (ISH), bred in Co Down by Anthony Smyth, was campaigned by Lisa Murphy as a 4-year-old and qualified in Rincoola. Shanroe Cooley (ISH) is now ridden by Liz Halliday-Sharp (USA).

The Equiratings list of the top 9-year-olds in world Eventing also shows a YES graduate among the top performers. Cooley Rosalent (ISH, bred in Armagh by J W Rosbotham, Cooley Rosalent (ISH) was campaigned by Colin Haliday, as a four-year-old and qualified in Tullylish and subsequently became reserve champion Dublin Horse Show 4-year-old Young Event Horse in 2018

The Objectives of the Young Event-Horse Series remain unchanged from those defined by the Future Event Horse League in 1999. If a synopsis were required, it might be defined as the “pursuit of excellence” in the identification, production and promotion of the best Irish-bred horses which might, in the future, continue to contribute to the pre-eminence of the Irish Sport Horse on the world stage in the sport of eventing.

The dates and venues for the 2024 Young Eventhorse Series have been announced as follows:

Young Event Horse & Junior Young Rider qualifiers
4th June: Tullylish, Gilford, Co. Armagh BT636AR
11th June: Scarteen, Knocklong, Co. Limerick V35PE04
18th June: Forth Mountain Stud, Barton, Co. Wexford Y35YP57
2nd July: Rincoola, Granard, Co. Longford N39W257

Performance Connemara, Irish Draught & Ridden Connemara RDS qualifiers
8th June: Tullylish, Gilford, Co. Armagh BT636AR
15th June: Scarteen, Knocklong, Co. Limerick V35PE04
22nd June: Forth Mountain Stud, Barton, Co. Wexford Y35YP57
6th July: Rincoola, Granard, Co. Longford N39W257

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HSH Blake (ISH) [aka Galwaybay Blake] – 2015, Gelding by Tolan R (KWPN) out of Doughiska Lass (ISH), by Kannan (KWPN). Breeder: Justin Burke. Owner: Meses. Hoff, Martin, C. Pamuckcu & D. Pamuckcu. Rider: Caroline Pamukcu (USA)

Brookfield Future News (ISH)[was Future News] – 2015 gelding by Future Trend (OLD) out of Cashmere Breeze (AEAS) by Last News (TB). Breeder: Hilary Furlonger (Antrim). Rider: Piggy March (GBR)

Shanroe Cooley (ISH)[was Shanroe Italk] – 2015 gelding by Dallas VDL (BWP) out of Shanroe Saphire (ISH) by Condios (HOLST). Breeder: Anthony Smyth (Down). Owner: Cooley Farm. Rider: Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp (USA).

Cooley Rosalent (ISH) – 2014 mare by Valent (KWPN) out of Bellney Jewel (TB) by Roselier (TB). Breeder: J W Rosbotham (Armagh). Rider: Oliver Townend (GBR)