Christa Dillon reports..
The popular County Carlow venue of Lisgarvan House ran their first event of the 2019 season on Sunday the 28th Of April. Clive Corrigan and his team do a superb job of building well presented and up to height courses, on the best quality ground. I spoke to Clive about the event-
“We were happy with how things went. At Lisgarvan, we are always developing, and trying to keep the standard up. The land here is free draining, but we also look after it very well. We have horses eventing and point to pointing, and we are very aware how demoralizing it is to make the effort and pay the money, to have to run on bad ground. We graze a few sheep and we mow when necessary, as well as keeping stock away from the fences. There is a team of around six of us, and when it comes to running the events, we just put our heads down and get on with it. We have the best team of volunteers imaginable-they do so much for us, and there is never any problem getting them to come and help us out.”
The EI 115 saw a small but select entry, with 5* rider James O’Haire taking the win. Riding Patricia Heffernan’s experienced mare China Doll, James added just 7.2 time faults to a smart dressage mark of 30. James suffered a terrifying health setback in the early part of the year, when a virus attacked his heart. Still under observation and having regular tests and check ups, this win was a timely boost. China Doll is certainly bred to jump, being a daughter of the Grand Prix showjumper Warrenstown You 2. A final score of 37.2 gave the combination a 0.3 mark victory over second placed Anna Kelly, riding her own mare, Something Special IV. The nine year old daughter of Jaguar Mail performed a consistent dressage test and added just 3.6 time faults cross country, for a final score of 37.5. Third place went to Christine O’Donnell, riding Miriam O’Donnell’s brown gelding, Blessington Prince Royal. A nice dressage mark of 30.7 and a bit of trouble on the cross country left this duo on a final score of 56.3. Fraser Duffy took fourth place, riding Jeannie Ronan’s Jumbo-sired gelding, Superjumbo. One showjump down, a glance off cross country and some time faults added to a dressage score of 33.9, left these two,on a final score of 72.7. The fifth and final place was taken by Leila Barker, riding her own nine year old gelding, Ardeo Illusion. The son of Beach Ball produced a dressage mark of 38.2, but some difficulties on the cross country left the combination on a final score of 75.
We caught up with James after his win-
“The track was very good. It was technical, with good galloping stretches in between some complex combinations. We need more courses of this standard around Ireland, to be more in line with places like the UK. China Doll and I share the same birthday of April the 14th, so this win was a good belated present! I have had the mare since she was a yearling, and she does more for me than any doctor can. I am only riding a couple at each event for now, and I’m taking it week by week. This was China Doll’s second run of the year, and I had hoped to go to Chatsworth. If the doctors are happy, we will now aim for Luhmuhlen. If I need more time, I will aim the mare for Pau at the end of the season instead, taking in Camphire and Millstreet on the way.”
The EI 115 was won by Lucy Hancock, on the twelve year old Kings Master mare, Whitetree Sky. Owned by Jane Hancock, the mare produced a dressage mark of 35.5. With 1.6 time faults cross country, the pair finished on a score of 37.1. Luke Coen took second place, riding his Junior European Championship partner, Stroke Of Genius. Jointly owned by Olivia Holohan and Patricia Kneeshaw, the nine year old Jack’s Delight-sired gelding added just six time faults to a dressage mark of 34.3, for a final score of 40.3. Louise Bloomer took third place, riding Jinnie Webb’s Shannondale Sarco-sired gelding, Shannondale Icarus. A dressage mark of 33.2 and 10.4 time faults on the cross country resulted in a final score of 43.6. Fourth place went to Nicola Ennis, riding Amouaj. Maeve Janet Al Aidarous’s nine year old Dollar Du Murier-sired mare added 10.8 time faults cross country to a dressage mark of 34.6, for a final score of 45.4. Hannah Wentges took fifth place, riding her own twelve year old OBOS Quality-sired gelding, Ballinabarney Somerton. A dressage mark of 33.9 and 15.2 time faults cross country left this duo on a final score of 49.1. Sixth place went to Heidi Brabazon, riding her own twelve year old gelding, Red Ace. A dressage mark of 33.6 and 19.2 time faults cross country left the pair on a final score of 52.8.
The EI 110 Open was won by WEG team silver medalist Sarah Ennis, riding Tullabeg Tango.The seven year old dun gelding is owned by Eilish Arkwright and Sarah Odlum, and he completed his day on a superb dressage mark of 26.8. In second place was Fraser Duffy, riding Carol Gee and Claire Corballis’s mare, Fernhill Sky High. The daughter of Afellay Z finished on her dressage score of 27.8. Popular rider Fergal Nesbitt finished in third place, riding his own traditionally bred gelding, Apollo Landing. The son of Laughton’s Flight added just 1.6 time faults cross country to his dressage mark of 33.8, for a final score of 35.4. Joanne Corish took fourth place riding Thomas Corish’s thoroughbred gelding, Shuil Coillte. A 33.5 dressage mark, one show jump down and a clear round cross country left the pair on a final score of 37.5. In fifth place was Patrick Whelan, riding Bridget Speirs’s High Roller gelding, BT Rock and Roller. A dressage mark of 42.3, three showjumps down and 4.4 time faults left this pair on a final score of 58.7. In sixth place was Maria Byrne, riding Paddy Byrne’s eight year old mare, BGS Willpower. The eight year old daughter of Power Blade achieved a dressage mark of 35.8, had one Showjump down and experienced some trouble cross country, for a final score of 76.2.
The EI 110 Section A was won by Nicola Ennis, riding Simone Brown’s nine year old Lancelot-sired gelding, Global Merlot. With nothing to add to their dressage mark, the final score of 31.5 was good enough to fend off second placed Patrick Byrne, who was riding Henry Phipps’ gelding, Whispering Lux. The seven year old son of Lux Z added nothing to his dressage mark of 32.8. Third place went to Ian Cassells, riding his own Jack Of Diamonds-sired gelding, Woodendfarm Jack O D. The six year old finished on his dressage mark of 32.8.
The EI 110 Section B was won by Sarah Ennis, who also took second place. Riding Susanna Francke and Peter Cole’s eight year old Clover Brigade-sired gelding Granstown Jackson, Sarah added just one showjump to her dressage mark of 20.3, for a final mark of 24.3. Sarah’s second placed mount was the eight year old mare, Hacklim Moxie. Owned and produced by successful Amateur event rider Davina Grey, the daughter of Puissance finished on her dressage mark of 30.5. In third place was Patrick Byrne, riding Paddy Byrne’s BGS Blue Moon. The seven year old son of Grange Bouncer had one showjump down, for a final score of 35.8.
The EI 110 Junior class was won by Chloe Fagan, riding the Templebready Fear Bui-sired gelding, Versace Biscuit. The experienced fifteen year old pony is owned by Sarah Riley, and added just 0.4 time faults cross country to finish on a score of 20.7. The EI 110 Pony class was won by Alex Connors, riding Kieran Connors’ fourteen year old Templebready Fear Bui-sired gelding, Millridge Buachaill Bui. This duo finished on their dressage mark of 23.3. The EI 110 Amateur class was won by Denis Coakley, riding his own Tayard-sired gelding, Prince Louis. A dressage mark of 36.5, 4.8 to add in the Showjumping and 11.6 time faults cross country left this duo on a final score of 52.9.
The EI 100 Amateur class was won by Sharon Power, riding her own SBS Freelance. The Da Vinci sired mare finished on her dressage mark of 26. The EI 100 Pony class was won by Black Velvet Band, ridden by Kilian Murphy. The skewbald mare is owned by Carol Gee, and had just one Showjump down to finish on a score of 30.3. The EI 100 Junior class was won by Charlotte Tehan, riding Vanessa Teehan’s thirteen year old Nigrasine-sired mare, Timpany Night. This,pair finished on their dressage score of 26.3. The EI 100 Section A was won by Lydia Dawson, riding her own ten year old gelding, Clonswords Alf. The chestnut son of Clonswords Mr Jones completed on his dressage score of 23.5. The EI 100 Section B was won by Jonathan Steele, riding Harold Lusk’s six year old Financial Reward-sired gelding, Rockfall. This pair completed on their dressage mark of 29.
The EI 90 Amateur class was won by Leanne Foskin, riding Sharon Power’s five year old mare, Lady Vittorio. This combination completed their first run under rules together for a final score of 31.8. The EI 90 was won by Ian Cassells, riding Kyle McLaughlin’s Cavalo Z-sired mare, Chinouk Van De Heihoek. They finished on their dressage score of 28. The EI 90 Pony class was won by Claire O’Ryan, riding Carriganog Rince. The Angela O’Ryan owned pony was once the former ride of famous racing siblings Joseph, Ana and Donnacha O’Brien, and he went on to win at Lisgarvan on a final score of 26.
Photo-James O’Haire riding China Doll
Photo credit-Louise O’Brien