Christa Dillon reports ….
On Sunday 7th April, the Furnell family hosted the next leg of the southern eventing calendar at their Ballcahane home in County Limerick. Classes on the day were well supported, and riders were full of praise for the efforts made by Amelia Furnell and her team.
The EI 110 was won by Robbie Kearns, riding the experienced mare Garrybrit Bonny. Dressage judge Terrie Cairns rewarded a well performed test with an excellent score of 28.8, and with nothing to add in the jumping phases, victory was sealed. Robbie has contested a Young Rider European Championship with this mare, and before that, a Junior European Championship. He has no fixed plans for the mare, past enjoying her and letting her have some fun. Robbie currently runs a small string of three horses around attending college, where he is studying Business and Economics. Amongst those three horses is Master McCormack, a Golden Master gelding owned by Irish International rider Jane O’Flynn. Robbie enjoyed a superb cross country round riding Master McCormack in the CCI 4* at the recent Belton International Horse Trials. This pair look to have a bright future ahead. Irish WEG team member Cathal Daniels finished in second place in this class, riding the Limmerick-sired mare LEB Lias Jewel. Irish Olympian Michael Ryan came home in third place, aboard TR Kaygraff.
The EI 110 was won by Cathal Daniels, riding Cappog Tony. A final score of 31.3 was just 0.5 of a mark ahead of second placed Patrick Byrne, riding the Arkan-sired Gelding, Castle Arkan. Louise Bloomer came third, riding Shannondale Icarus.
The EI 110 Junior class was won by Waterford native Kate Lenihan, who finished on her dressage of 27.5 riding the Vancouver-sired gelding, Rockmills.
The EI 110 Pony class was won by Ruth Burke, riding Atlantic Dreamer. The EI 110 Amateur class was claimed by Marie O’Connor, riding O C S Electric Clover Boy.
The EI 105 class is proving a popular option, giving horse and riders a stepping stone between Prenovice and Novice level. The winner of this class at Crecora was Kelley Hutchinson, riding her own HSH Piccini. They finished on their dressage score of 33.
Marie O’Connor continued her super run of good form by claiming a second win at the event, this time in the EI 100 class. Riding Blessington Kings Lier, Marie finished some eleven points clear of second placed Molly Shea, who was riding Dolmen DeJa Vu.
The EI 100 Pony class went to Alex Connors, riding Knockbordan Revelation.
The EI 100 Junior class was won by Katie Naughton, riding Suzanne Naughton’s Caricello gelding, Cruising Caricello.
Olympian Michael Ryan won the EI 100 class, riding the OBOS Quality gelding Oakland Quality. This horse is owned by Michael and wife Trish’s long time supporters, Carol and Tom Henry. A fantastic dressage score of 21.3 with nothing to add in the jumping phases gave a winning margin of almost six points over second placed Sian Colman, riding Blarney Acacia. Brian Morrison finished in third place, riding Global Imminus W.
The EI 90 class was won by Aoife Darcy, riding Raise the Bar. In second place was Martina Sheehan, riding RCA Cracker Count. Mary Mangan was third, riding the Tolan R sired gelding, Galwaybay Blake. Popular Roscrea rider Jane Grace finished in fourth place riding first timer Cheeky Imp, and was full of praise for the beautiful ground conditions and the well presented tracks-
“It was a lovely course at Crecora-the Furnells always make a great effort. There is something different at every cross country fence, so it is very educational.”
Having sat out the 2018 season, Jane was thrilled to be back in action with her lovely new horse and credits rider and trainer Lindsay Graham with having helped her return to the eventing circuit.
The EI 90 class was won by Zora Feurer, and the final class of the day-the EI 90 Pony class-was won by Cara Padden riding Ardfry Soren.