Sarah Carless reports…..
It was a successful trip to Ireland for British rider Oliver Townend who came away with two international victories at Ballindenisk.
In the Horse Sport Ireland CCI***, Townend took a commanding win on Lanfranco TSF, with a winning margin of more than 10 penalties. Ireland’s Padraig McCarthy came in second place with Bernadette Utopia and Sophie Brown finished in third place on Wil.
Townend’s second victory came in the CCI* with Coldplay III, in which he also netted third with Menlo Park with Izzy Taylor and Monkeying Around making it a British clean sweep in the event by taking second.
Laura Collett gave Great Britain victory in the Foulkstown Feeds CIC*** on Nick How and Keith Scott’s Mr Bass, finishing with a 1.2 penalty advantage over Townend and Cooley SRS as New Zealand’s Caroline Powell dropped to third after picking up six time penalties cross-country. This is Collett’s first CIC*** victory and it came on a horse she highly rates for the future.
The pair finished on their dressage score and have now completed seven CIC***, all with clear rounds and all faultless cross country bar 3.2 time penalties at Belton. Collett also finished eighth in this class with Cooley Again who scored a personal best of 49.8 in the dressage.
Sam Watson produced a home win in the Eventing Ireland CCI** with Ardagh Highlight, the pairing leading from start to finish. Ludwig Svennerstal claimed second place on Stinge with ireland’s Sophie Richards and SRS Adventure finishing third.
In a reversal of order, Svennerstal went on to take victory in the CIC** with Box Leo, with Watson in second on Tullabeg Flamenco and British young rider Chuffy Clarke third with Willem III.
There was a British one-two in the Bucas CCIJ* as Phoebe Locke partnered Union Fortunus to take the win over Imogen White and Emill and Ireland’s Robyn McCluskey in third.
Kristina Hall-Jackson took victory in the CIC* finishing 2.2 penalties ahead of the field with CMS Google. Irish rider Michael McNally finished second with Eclipto and Louise Bloomer taking third with Hollybrook Hotshot.
The event marked the retirement of Horseware Bushman, who finished fourth in the CIC*** with Sam Watson. George, who is now 18 years old, has accumalated the most Eventing Ireland points throughout his career with other achievements including four Badminton Horse Trials, two World Equestrian Games, three European Championships and The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
Photographs courtesy of Radka Preisler