Christa Dillon reports ….
The Irish eventing juggernaut rolls on, and it was next stop Crecora for a second renewal. Classes were well supported, and riders enjoyed a pleasant day with good competition. Organizer Amelia Furnell and her team provided educational and well presented courses, with superb ground conditions.
Amelia’s father Gerald is the man behind it all, and he was very happy with how things went-
“Everything ran very well. We had the weather on our side and we hope everyone went home happy. The new sand arena is working very well, and we are always trying to improve. Last year we developed the water complex further, and there are five varying combinations there now. There is always room for improvement, and we try to do more with the cross country course every year. It is always a challenge running these events, but I try to leave myself without a job on the day so that I can be of use where needed. It works well.”
The EI 115 Open was won by the in-form Cathal Daniels, riding the sublime OLS King Aragon. By Grand Prix Showjumper Samgemjee and out of the Olympic event mare Just Beauty Queen, it is no surprise that this horse is proving to be outstanding. He is owned by Michelle Nelson and Kieran Connors. A dressage mark of 26.1 and just 3.2 time faults to add cross country gave a three point margin over second placed Eclipto, also ridden by Cathal. Deputizing for Eclipto’s regular rider and owner Michael McNally, the duo finished on their dressage score of 32.3. The Cavalier Carnival-sired Eclipto enjoyed some smart results in 2018, and looks set to continue in 2019. Third place went to popular rider James O’Haire, riding Nancy Belle. The tall bay mare is by Don Juan De La Bouverie, and has been with James throughout her career. This pair finished on their dressage mark of 43.4. WEG team silver medalist Sarah Ennis finished in fourth, riding her own BM Diamond Delux. The Olympic Lux-sired gelding performed a 34.8 dressage test, and added 8.8 time faults cross country. Daniel Alderson took fifth place, riding Richard Ames’ gelding TS Jamaimo. The Urgent Request-sired horse added 15.6 time faults cross country to his dressage mark of 35.5, for a final score of 51.1. Sam Watson performed a beautiful dressage test on Tullabeg Flamenco, before withdrawing Daniel Bogossian’s Tullabeg Fusion-sired gelding for another day.
The EI 115 was won by Nicola Ennis, riding Maeve Janet Al Aidarous’s mare, Amouaj. Deputisimg for Michael McNally, Nicola steered the daughter of Dollar Du Murier to an impressive victory, with nothing to add to their dressage mark of 29.6. Fraser Duffy took second place, riding Carol Gee and Clare Corballis’s Afellay Z-sired mare, Fernhill Sky High. The duo added just 1.6 time faults cross country to their dressage mark of 29.3. In third place was Daragh Byrne, riding Kilcannon Ramiro. James Byrne’s Ramiro B-sired gelding finished on his dressage mark of 31.6. Fourth place went to Johnny Mulligan, riding Mervyn Gibson’s Ricardo Z-sired gelding, Randalstown Commando. The pair completed on their dressage mark of 32.7. Eva Melly took fifth spot, riding Heidi Haenschke’s super little chestnut mare, Annaghmore Ardeo Beach. The Beach Ball-sired horse added 3.2 time faults cross country to a smart dressage mark of 29.8. Sarah Ennis took sixth place, riding Susanna Francke and Peter Cole’s Clover Brigade-sired gelding, Grantstown Jackson. The pair performed a dressage mark of 28, had one show jump down and added 1.2 time faults cross country.
The EI 110 Open was won by Robbie Kearns, riding Trish Kearns’s great mare Garrybritt Bonny. The Ramiro B mare is super-consistent at this level, and finished on her dressage mark of 26.8. Cathal Daniels continued his good day in the office, taking second place with his own Harieko DHI. The Contendro-sired gelding finished on his dressage mark of 27. In third was Felicity Ward, riding Clare O’Callaghan’s Orestus-sired gelding, Regal Bounty. This was the horse’s first event of 2019, following a consistent performance at Le Lion D’Angers at the end of 2018. At Crecora, the pair added two time faults cross country to their dressage score of 30.5. Crecora native Dominic Furnell took fourth place, riding his own Knockahunna French Twist. The French Buffet-sired gelding added 2.4 time faults cross country to his dressage mark of 30.8. Eva Melly took fifth place, riding Heidi Haenschke’s Ramiro B-sired gelding, Wolf Vegas. With 4.8 penalties picked up in the Showjumping and a dressage mark of 33, this duo finished on a mark of 37.8. Sixth place was filled by Lucy Latta, riding Yvonne Latta’s Jupilot-sired gelding, DHI Broadway. The pair added 16.8 time faults cross country to a dressage mark of 31.
The EI 110 Section A was won by Storm O’Connor, riding Liam O’Flynn’s Coroner-sired gelding, Hacketts Cross. The pair completed on their dressage score of 31.1. In second place was Brian Morrison, riding Global Event Horses Ltd’s Global Iminnus W. The six year old gelding finished on his dressage mark of 31.6. Brian also finished in third place, riding Global DHI. The six year old gelding also completed on his dressage score, a mark of 31.8.
The EI 110 section B was won by Nicola Ennis, riding her own Shannondale Sarco gelding, Sarco To Perfection. They completed on their dressage score of 28.3. Fraser Duffy took second place, riding Carol Gee’s Mermus R-sired gelding, Claddagh Royalty. This was the combination’s first event together, and they competed on their dressage mark of 29.8. In third place was Sarah Ennis, riding her own Lux Z-sired gelding, Stellor Quick Change. The pair completed on their dressage mark of 32.3.
The EI 110 Junior class was won by Rose De Montmorency, riding Jonathan Steele’s R Wee Builder. The pair completed on their dressage mark of 29.8. The EI 110 Pony class was won by Tiggy Hancock, riding Jane Hancock’s gelding, Coppenagh Spring Sparrow. The pair completed on their dressage mark of 29.8.
The EI 110 was won by Davina Grey, riding her own Balief Clover. By Boherdeal Clover, the mare was purchased by Davina from Dale Adams in 2016. Dale qualified Balief Clover for the RDS as a four year old and as a five year old, and Davina has gone on to compete at several International events in Ireland.
“The mare has been a star for me-I couldn’t have found a better horse. I work full time for Google in Dublin, on the global real estate team. It’s hard to manage everything, but she just fits in. I will likely head to Rosanna next, and then Tattersalls. My other mare Hacklim Moxie is currently being ridden by Sarah Ennis. I bred this mare myself-she hasn’t always been the easiest, but she is so talented. She went to Dublin two years ago and was as green as grass, but she flew around the main arena and was brilliant. She will come back to me shortly, and I’ll see where I go from there. I also have a lovely OBOS Quality four year old mare that I am producing to sell, a 3 year old mare by Carrick Diamond lad and a yearling by Connemara stallion Loughfadda Rudi. The course at Crecora was brilliant, and the addition of the new sand arena at the venue was welcome-it was super to jump in.”
The EI 105 was won by Keelin McCarthy, riding Tom McCarthy’s Coevers Diamond Boy-sired Millridge Cara. A super dressage mark of 22 and just 2.8 time faults cross country left them on a final score of 24.8. In second place was Nicola Ennis, riding Corbally Diamond and in third place was Robbie Kearns, riding Shanaclough Einstein. The EI 100 Amateur class was won by the consistent Sharon Power, riding her own Da Vinci-sired mare, SBS Freelance. They completed on their dressage score of 27. The EI 100 Pony class was won by Julia Adams, riding Michael Adams’s gelding, Toberpatrick Flash. They completed on their dressage mark of 32.2. The EI 100 Junior class was won by Clodie Coen, riding Martin Coen’s Master Imp-sired gelding, Ballinglen Susies Master. They finished on their dressage mark of 30.
EI 100 Section A was won by Lucy Morgan, riding Global Event Horses Ltd Global Athena. The duo added 0.4 time faults cross country to their dressage mark of 29.8. Amanda Goldsbury took second place, riding Boris De Blac, with Melanie Wrynn in third on Lightening Master. Sam Watson won EI 100 Section B, riding Cooley Farm’s Emilion-sired mare, Cooley Baskin. The pair finished on their dressage mark of 23.5. In second was Amanda Goldsbury, riding Bridie, and in third was Felicity Ward, riding Egan’s Watermill Crest.
Popular Roscrea based rider Jane Grace finally made it back to the winners enclosure after a five year absence in the EI 90, riding her own Lassban Mister Imp-sired mare, Cheeky Imp. The pair had nothing to add to their dressage mark of 29.5, for a wonderfully well deserved red rosette. The EI 90 was won by Alicia Wilkinson, riding her own Bodinus-sired gelding, Incognito. This was their first event together, and they completed on their dressage mark of 24. The EI 90 Pony class was won by Rachel Lucey, riding Richard Lucey’s bay gelding, Woodfield Clover Joker. The duo completed on their dressage mark of 29.8.