Superb results for Irish-bred Eventing horses on the world stage

Annaghmore Valoner (ISH), bred in Co Offaly by Sinead Healion and ridden by Britain’s Harry Meade, (Photo: 1st class images)

Irish-bred Eventing horses enjoyed fantastic success on both sides of the Atlantic at the weekend, with a string of top placings in the UK and Canada. The Emma Phelan-bred Hot Bobo (ISH), ridden by Karl Slezak (USA), stormed to victory in the CCI4-S at Bromont International in Canada, with a clear round in the final jumping phase leaving them on a final score of 44.0. The CCI4-L at Bromont saw the Connemara Sport Horse mare No May Moon, bred by Nancy Winter, take victory with American rider Allison Springer. Second place went to the 11-year-old mare OKE Ruby R (ISH), bred in Co Tyrone by Martina McCrory and ridden by Waylon Roberts, while the Paddy Joyce-bred Sunday Times (ISH)[TIH][ finished fourth with Arden Foster Wildasin (USA).

Irish-bred horses were in stunning form at Defender Bramham International in the UK, filling all of the top four places in the CCI4*-L. The 12-year-old mare Annaghmore Valoner (ISH), bred in Co Offaly by Sinead Healion and ridden by Britain’s Harry Meade, scored a brilliant win, with clear Show Jumping and Cross Country rounds leaving them on a score of 31.3.
Second place went to Deerpairc Revelry (ISH), bred in Co Galway by Dara O’Malley and ridden by Max Warburton (GBR) on 31.5, while the Mary Brennan-bred MHS Seventeen (ISH) finished third with Rosalind Canter (GBR) on a score of 31.9. Cooley Snapchat (ISH), bred in Co Limerick by Alan Wheeler and ridden by Selina Milnes (GBR), completed the Irish domination with a fourth place finish.


OKE Ruby R (ISH)[was Excel Ruby] – 2013 mare by Namelus R (KWPN) out of B.Termie R 6 (KWPN) by Germus R (KWPN). Breeder: Martina McCrory (Tyrone). Rider: Waylon Roberts (CAN)

Sunday Times (ISH)[TIH][was Lackaghbeg Hero] – 2007 gelding by Cult Hero (TB) out of Lackaghbeg Crest (ID) by Sea Crest (ID). Breeder: Paddy Joyce (Galway). Rider: Arden Foster Wildasin (USA)

Hot Bobo (ISH) – 2013 gelding by VDL Arkansas (KWPN) out of Taneys Leader (TB) by Supreme Leader (TB). Breeder: Emma Phelan (Dublin). Rider: Karl Slezak (USA)

No May Moon, 2014 Connemara Sport Horse Mare. Sire Ebony Moon. Dam Castleton Dazzler. Breeder Nancy Winter. Rider: Allison Springer

Annaghmore Valoner [ISH] – 2012 mare by Coroner (TB) out of Annaghmore Lady Valier [ISH] by Black Walter [ISH]. Breeder: Sinead Healion (Offaly). Rider: Harry Meade (GBR).

Deerpairc Revelry (ISH)[was DPS Revelry] – 2014 gelding by Hermes De Reve (SF) out of Celerina (AEAS) by Cento (HOLST). Breeder: Dara O’Malley (Galway). Rider: Max Warburton (GBR)

MHS Seventeen (ISH) – 2013 gelding by Callahan (HANN) out of MHS Dancing Queen (ISH) by Quidam Junior I (KWPN). Breeder: Mary Brennan (Kilkenny). Rider: Rosalind Canter (GBR)

Cooley Snapchat (ISH) – 2014 gelding by Kannan (KWPN) out of Anabee Arkansas (ISH), by VDL Arkansas (KWPN). Breeder: Alan Wheeler, Limerick. Owners: Angela Ruckner & William Ruckner. Rider: Selina Milnes (GBR)