The final of this year’s Horse Sport Ireland Foal Championship has identified, evaluated and rewarded breeders who have bred a foal that has the potential to be competitive at the highest International level of Eventing.
The final followed six nationwide, and a fund of over €24,000 was available across the Championship with €8,000 allocated for the final.
Overall, four National Champions were crowned with two categories for eventing – Champion Eventing horse foal and Champion Eventing pony foal. Foals were judged on their functional conformation, walk, trot, canter, overall athleticism and balance as well as pedigree.
The Eventing pony foals were the first to take to the ring where the National Eventing Pony Champion Foal of the year was awarded to Silken Link (ISP) bred by Helen Troughton after impressing the Eventing section judges Clare Lambert and Fraser Duffy. Helen had this to say of her colt:
“I’m very pleased with him, Silken Link is by Masurenfuerst who is the sire of the Champion sports pony of the year in England. His dam, Honeyhill Lady, has really done her job. She has really good bone and is well put together – she does what she’s supposed to do- breeds and jumps!”
Clare Lambert and Fraser Duffy had this to say of the Eventing Pony Foals: “Fraser and I were very impressed with how uphill the foal was built and his ease of movement. We judged based on what we saw today – the standard was extremely high the winning foal for us had the blood and the reserve as well there was something about them that had an ‘Event’ stamp. In the section in general there were so many nice foals that we were almost disappointed they didn’t all win!”
The National Eventing Horse Champion Foal of the year was awarded to Parkmore Tyson (ISH) bred by Patrick Wafer. Having won the breeders Championship in the 2019 Dublin Horse show,
Wafer was delighted to continue his success: “It has been a greater year, absolutely fantastic, delighted to come here and win the HSI Foal Eventing champion, it’s fantastic. It’s lovely when you breed one like it – he has lovely movement, attitude and temperament, you can’t ask for any more than that. We were tempted to put him in the jumping section but we just thought he’s a May foal and he was a bit young when the qualifiers were on so because of his step and movement we went for the Eventing. But yes the judges in Coilóg said he’d be suitable for jumping too. He’s actually sold and his new owner is here today so I’m delighted for James too.”