It was a successful conclusion to Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair with one British rider claiming a
double of victories on Irish soil whilst another collected their 60thinternational win.
The event itself was a huge success too. Because of the ever-increasing international entries from overseas, Tattersalls International Horse Trials were responsible for the largest movement of competition horses in one go across the Irish Sea. Two ferries crossed from the UK to Dublin Port carrying 70 lorries with 190 horses.
Tattersalls Ireland Managing Director Matt Mitchell said; “This has been one of the best ever international three day events held here at Tattersalls and our country fair just keeps growing every year. Tattersalls is now a recognised international sporting destination and our importance to the equine industry here has been further emphasised by the fact we were responsible for the biggest single movement ever of competition horses across the Irish Sea earlier this week.”
A bumper crowd enjoyed the action as competitors took to the Ian Stark designed cross-country course.
In the feature class, the Irish Field CCI4*-L, US rider William Coleman leapt from sixth to first with a faultless round on Off The Record. Dressage leader Pippa Funnell slipped down the leaderboard with MGH Grafton Street after incurring 20 penalties and 16.4 time penalties for a refusal at the third element of Fence 15.
In the George Mernagh Memorial CIC4*-S show jumping phase, New Zealand’s Tim Price retained his lead with Ascona M jumping with a minor penalty of 1.20 leaving him on a score of 27.10.
The Eventing Ireland CCI3*-L format Saw legendary Team GB rider William Fox Pitt maintain his lead after the second day’s action going into show jumping with Georgisaurous with a score of 20.5.
The Connolly’s Red Mills CCI3*-L Under 25 competition saw Cathal Daniels still holding the lead and also second place with OLS Aragon and LED Lias Jewel on scores of 26.0 and 27.7 respectively.
In the Land Rover CCI2*-L, competition was completed with the honours taken by John Paul Sheffield on Woodlander Wesuvio with a score of 31.8 with the pair leading from pillar to post.
The Cooley Farm CCIYH2* class for six and seven year old’s was won by Izzy Taylor on Hartacker finishing on their dressage score of 28.3. The Berney Brothers CCI2*-L for Ponies was won by Grace Tyrell for Ireland on her Fiona’s Form with a score of 43.4. The Horseware CCI2*-L for junior riders was won by Chloe Fagan for Ireland on Versace Biscuit on a score of 25.6 having picked up just 0.8 of a time fault cross country.
Izzy Taylor took her second victory of the weekend in the Irish Field CCI4*-L. It is the second year in a row she has won the feature class, and did so this year with PSH Gazelle. The pair rose from 11thafter the dressage to take victory on their dressage score of 32.4. Lying third after the cross country, Taylor claimed victory after overnight leader William Coleman from the USA to drop one fence in the show jumping phase dropping the pair to third. Second went to New Zealand’s Dan Jocelyn and Blackthorn Cruise.
The George Mernagh Memorial CIC4* turned out to be a thrilling competition with World No.1 Tim Price from New Zealand taking the honours on Ascona M with a score of 27.1. Second went to Japanese rider Kazuma Tomoto riding Vince de la Vigne with Alexander Bragg completing the podium in third with Zagreb.
The Eventing Ireland CCI3*-L reached a thrilling finale as William Fox Pitt went second last into the show jumping arena, needing a clear round to win which he duly produced on Georgiosaurous on an overall score of 20.5, providing him with his 60thinternational victory. Second went to New Zealand’s James Avery and Aloha, with Izzy Taylor finishing third with Fonbherna Lancer.
The Connollys Red Mills CCI3*-L for under 25 riders was won by Cathal Daniels on LEB Lias Jewel with a score of 27.7 having lain second overnight but produced a flawless round of show jumping to take the laurels. Having led overnight with OLS King Aragon, Daniels dropped to sixth overall after a fence down. Second went to Britain’s Sam Ecroyd with Tullaher Sunrise and Laura Schroter with Zorro Rocco in third. Britain dominated the friendly team competition with the British Belles – Alex Kennedy, Sasha Hargreaves, Kristina Hall-Jackson and Phoebe Locke – taking victory over the British Bulldogs and Mix and Match.
Images courtesy of Lorraine O’Sullivan