Outstanding results for Irish Youth athletes at Future Champions in Germany

The Irish Junior Show Jumping team pictured following victory in the Nations Cup at Hagen (GER)

Irish youth Show Jumping athletes enjoyed prenominal success over the weekend, at the prestigious Future Champions fixture in Hagen, Germany.

A dominant performance saw Irish teams score a hat-trick of Nations Cup wins in the Pony (U16), Children On Horses (U14) and Junior (U18) competitions, while there was also an Irish win in the Pony Grand Prix.

The Irish Junior (U18) team were the first to take victory in their Nations Cup on Friday. The quartet of Gary Dooley (CSF Olympic Jewel (ISH), James Brennan (MHS Im The One (ISH), Emily Moloney (Temple Alice (ISH) and Coen Williams (Conthanja), managed by James Kernan, finished the two rounds on a total of just four faults. That left them one fence ahead of the home team from Germany who finished as runners up. The Irish team included three Irish-bred horses in CSF Olympic Jewel (ISH), bred by Brian Connolly, MHS Im The One (ISH), bred by Thomas Brennan and Temple Alice (ISH), bred by Susan MacDonald.

The victorious Irish Children On Horses team

On Saturday the Irish Pony team of Senan Reape (Fernando), Ruben Foley (Cracher), Lily Tunney (Fireman) and James Derwin (Rincoola Babog) came out on top with hard-fought victory in their Nations Cup. Ireland, managed by Gary Marshal, finished the two round contest with just two time penalties, and were pushed all the way by Great Britain who finished as runners-up on four penalties ahead of Germany in third,

On Saturday afternoon the Children On Horses team made it a hat-trick of Irish Nations Cup wins after a jump-off against Switzerland. James Kernan’s team of Charlie Flynn (Elia), Ted Fagan (Con Sol), Robbie Sheehan (Fubalia) and Sam Widger (Jerenice Dysenbeeck Z), finished on four faults after two rounds of jumping – the same score as Switzerland. All of the combinations for both teams went clear again against the clock, with the Irish finishing with the fastest combined time to take victory.

There was further Irish success on Sunday in Hagen when Fermanagh’s Lily Tunney and the Elaine McGovern-bred Fireman (ISH) took victory in the 1m30 Pony Grand Prix with a brilliant double clear performance.

CSF Olympic Jewel (ISH) 2016 mare, by Mylord Carthago (SF) out of Olympic Clover by Clover Hill, bred by Brian Connolly.

MHS Im The One (ISH) – 2014 gelding by Lancelot (KWPN) out of Cavalier Kells Lady (ISH) by Cavalier Royale (HOLST), bred by Thomas Brennan.

Temple Alice (ISH) gelding by Foxglen Cruise Control (AES) out of Innishannon Shamrock (ISH) by Rantis Diamond (ISH) bred by Susan MacDonald

Fireman (ISH) – 2010 gelding. Breeder: Elaine McGovern. Owner: Gabriel Tunney Rider: Lily Tunney (IRL).

Rincoola Babog (ISH) – 2011 gelding by Luidam (KWPN) out of Rincoola Abu (ISH) by Cruising (ISH).
Breeder: Harold McGahern. Owner: Jim Derwin