Christa Dillon reports …
Irish event riders flocked East to county Wicklow on Sunday 19th Of May, to the Rosanna event. A relatively new fixture on the calendar, Rosanna has continued to develop and expand, and enjoyed a sizable entry on the day. Event organizer Pearly Doyle has been a huge supporter of the sport over the years, and her hard work-and that of her team-is most appreciated. I spoke to course designer Luke Drea-
“We were very happy with how it all went-a huge number of people contribute to the smooth running of this event. We hope to continue developing. It would be nice to go up a level, the place certainly has the scope for it-however, funding is limited so we will see what happens.”
The EI 115 was won by the consistent Cathal Daniels, riding Michael McNally’s Eclipto. By Cavalier Carnival, the tall bay gelding performed an excellent dressage test for a mark of 23.6. One Showjump down and twelve time faults across country left the pair on a final score of 39.6. In second place was Louise Bloomer, riding her own and Jane Bloomer’s 9 year old Ars Vivendi sired gelding, Hollybrook Hotshot.
A dressage mark of 33.6 and 14 time faults cross country gave a final score of 47.6. Leila Barker took third place, riding her own Ardeo Illusion. The Beachball-sired gelding added 17.2 time faults cross country to a dressage mark of 30.5.
The EI 115 was won by Patrick Whelan, riding Bridget Speirs’s BT Rock and Roller. The 9 year old gelding is by High Roller, and put in a solid performance. A dressage mark of 37.5 and just 1.6 time faults cross country left the pair on a final score of 39.1. Irish WEG team silver medalist rider Sarah Ennis took second place, riding her own seven year old mare Shanbo Sky Fall. By the Irish stallion Beowulf, the bay mare added 15.6 time faults cross country to her dressage mark of 30.2 for a final mark of 45.8. Patrick Byrne took third place, riding Henry Phipps’ s seven year old gelding, Whispering Lux. By Lux Z, the bay gelding added 14.4 time faults cross country to a dressage mark of 36.8.
The EI 110 Open was won by Cooley Farm stable jockey Katie O’Sullivan, riding Cooley Farm’s mare, J’Taime Cooley. As her name suggests, this 7 year old horse is sired by J’Taime Flamenco. A dressage mark of 24.5 and 1.2 time faults cross country gave the combination a final score of 25.7. Relocated British rider Nicky Roncoroni finished second on a dressage mark of 30.3, riding Jeannie Ronan’s eleven year old Jumbo-sired gelding, Superjumbo. In third place was Sarah Ennis, riding Tullabeg Tango. The nine year old dun gelding is owned by Eilish Arkwright and Sarah Odlum. Just 2 time faults cross country to add to a dressage mark of 30 left the pair on a final score of 32.
Katie O’Sullivan continued her good day with a win in the EI 110 Section A, riding Cooley Farm’s Ars Vivendi sired Cooley Now Or Never. The grey gelding performed a stunning dressage test for a mark of 20, and added 0.4 time faults in the Showjumping. In second place was Charlotte Walshe, riding her own tall bay gelding, Herobrine. The Black Sam Bellamy-sired horse finished on his dressage mark of 29. Olympian Joseph Murphy took third place, riding Ryan Hopper’s consistent six year old gelding, ALS Russian Rolex.
The EI 110 Section B was won by Kim O’Gorman, riding the Connemara-thoroughbred gelding, Californian Wolf. By the same sire as the legendary Portersize Just A Jiff (Crosskeys Rebel), this horse performed well for a dressage mark of 31.8 and just 3.2 time faults cross country. In second place was Cathal Daniels, riding the six year old gelding Ikoon Lan DHI. The Emilion-sired horse added 2.8 cross country time faults to a dressage mark of 34.8. In third was Jim Newsam, riding Diane Harron Eakin’s bay mare, Izzietop. By I’m Special De Muze, the six year old horse added 4.4 time faults cross country and one showjump down to a dressage mark of 30.
The EI 110 6yo class was won by Irish based Uk rider, Daniel Alderson. Riding Richard Ames’s grey Womanizer-sired gelding Derena Super Star, Daniel finished with 1.6 time faults addd to a dressage mark of 27. Daniel also finished fifth on Richard Ames’s Ballyvillane OBOS. I spoke to Daniel-
“I have been riding Derena Super Star for two years now. He’s a little quirky, but that’s what makes him so talented. The plan for him-and for my other six year olds-will be to take in the CCI 2* Long at Millstreet, with a view to being selected for Lyon. The cross country terrain at Rosanna was challenging, but my horses coped very well for having only stepped up to this level recently. I was also delighted with Newton, who was fourth in the EI 110 section B. He only started eventing this year and is brave, careful and straightforward. I am heading to Tattersalls with one horse in the 4* short, so I’m looking forward to that.”
The EI 110 Junior was won by Emma Egan, riding Sara Egan’s thirteen year old colored mare, Ballytoher Sabrina. They completed on their dressage mark of 39. The EI 110 was won by Kilian Murphy, riding Carol Gee’ Fernhill Mix And Match. The piebald mare added some Showjumping and cross country penalties to complete on a final mark of 36.1.
The EI 100 5 year old class was won by Camilla Speirs, riding BT Juste Capitaine. Owned by Bridget Speirs and Orla O’Neill, the Captain Carnute-sired gelding finished on his dressage score of 30.5. In second place was Sophie Foyle, riding Carol Gee’s Cobra-sired mare, Fernhill Cruiseaway. The pair finished on their dressage mark of 32.8. In third place was Rebecca Dunlea, riding her own Camillo-sired gelding, Clonguish Berjo. These two finished on their dressage score of 33.3.
The Hoofprints Innovations EI 100 was won by Georgina Magnier, riding her own Clounties Hill-sired 13 year old mare, Princess Of Araglen. The pair finished on their dressage mark of 24.3. The Hoofprints Innovations EI 100 Pony class was won by Jill McKenna, riding Cecelia McKenna’s bay gelding, Freddie. The pair finished on a mark of 37.1.The EI 100 Junior class was won by Jack Carr, riding Gareth Carr’s Namelus R-sired gelding, Bornio. The pair finished on their dressage score of 31.5. The Hoofprints Innovations EI 100 was won by WEG team silver medalist, Sam Watson. Sam was riding Cooley Farm’s Emilion sired-mare, Cooley Baskin and they finished on their dressage mark of 25.3.
The EI 90 Amateur class was won by Catherine Meeke, riding her own Templebready Fear Bui-sired gelding, Templebready Jazz. The pair finished on their dressage mark Of 29.3. The Hoofprints Innovations EI 90 was won by former Grand Prix dressage rider, Amanda Goldsbury. Amanda was riding her own six year old thoroughbred gelding, Murph’s Legend. They finished on their dressage mark of 28.3. The EI 90 Pony class was won by Ava Dowley, riding Margaret Bowe’s Robin Hood-sired 18 year old gelding, Robin Hood’s Gentle Cloud. The pair finished on their dressage mark of 30.