Tipp horses tops at Horse Show

TIPPERARY’S reputation as a breeding ground for quality sport horses was enhanced at last week’s Dublin Horse Show.

The Premier county’s equestrian artist Peter Curling and his wife, Louise, own Hochmagandy, which gave Frances Cash her seventh RDS hunter championship.

So far this year, Tipperary-bred horses have won six international events in show jumping and eventing. Co Clare, which also bred six international winners this year, also enjoyed major success at the show.

Eighteen-year-old John Hayes, Cranny, Kilrush, won the young horse championship with Playboy, a two-year-old chestnut gelding bred by Ann Leamy, Ballylar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

His father, John Hayes, found the horse for his son, who opted for the two-week-old foal rather than a motor bike for his 16th birthday.

The main RDS showing results were as follows:

THURSDAY

Champion Two-year-old: (Playboy) John Hayes, Kilrush, Co Clare. Reserve: (Just Joe) Mrs Deirdre Walsh, Park, Corbally, Limerick.

Champion Three-year-old (TB and Halfbred): (Tattygare My Fair Lady) Hurst Show Horses, Co Fermanagh, Reserve: (Silver Symphony) Desmond Gibson, Dromore, Co Down.

Perpetual Challenge Trophy for Ladies’ Hunters: (Valamiro) Valerie McBride, Ballynahinch, Co Down. Reserve: (Lord of the Dance) Ms Wanda McIlwaine, Co Down.

Perpetual Challenge Trophy for Best Hunter Mare; (Leader Star) Jim Tempany MVB, MRCVS, Skreen, Co Sligo. Reserve: (Something Special) Rachel Slator, Co Down.

Best Heavy-Weight Hunter: (Freddie Kruger) Mrs. P M Creighton, Co Antrim. Reserve: (Dramore) Alex Brewster, Scotland.

Joseph Widger Trophy for Medium-Weight Hunter: (Simon) F Purcell, Ratoath, Co Meath. Reserve: (Leader Star) Jim Tempany, Co Sligo.

Champion Irish Draught Mare: (Roma Silver Pearl) Moira McKenna, Downpatrick, Co Down. Reserve: (Rosetown Annie) Mary McGrath, Newbridge, Co Kildare.

Hanson Trophy for Junior Side Saddle Pony: (Celtic Legend) Michelle Dempsey, Kilmallock, Co Limerick. Reserve: (Tilston Jacana) Mrs J E McNeice, Hollywood, Co Down.

Diana Bondino Trophy for Junior Side Saddle: (Golden Grove Boy) Catherine O’Carroll, Tralee, Co Kerry. Reserve: (Silent Echo) Mrs Philippa Mansergh-Wallace, Tipperary.

Perpetual Champion Cup for Best Hunter: (Hochmagandy) Mr & Mrs Peter Curling, Prosperous, Kildare. Reserve: (Ringwood Dunbeacon) Michael Leonard & Mrs. G. Jerme, Newcastle West, Limerick.

Galway-Greer Cup for Four-year-old Hunter: (Ringwood Dunbeacon) Michael Leonard & Mrs. G. Jerme. Reserve: (Something Special) Rachel Slator.

Plaque for Irish Draught Foal: (Dreamtime Mayfie) Mary McGrath, Newbridge, Co Kildare. Reserve: (Guraun Keep Away) Chantal Deon, Loughrea, Co Galway.

Champion Irish Draught Stallion: (Crosstown Dancer) Fintan Branigan, Drogheda, Co Louth. Reserve: (Sir Rivie) Ballinteggart Stud, Portadown, Co Armagh.

Perpetual Challenge Cup for Thoroughbred Brood Mare: (Cloneyhea Paupers Ryme) Cloneyhea Equestrian Services, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Reserve: (Rockfield Mist) John Hyde, Ballmacoda, Co Cork.

FRIDAY

Perpetual Cup for Small Hunter: (Teddy Star) Miss Kerry Yates, Co Down. Reserve: (Windy Millar lll) T Wallace, Co Down.

Perpetual Cup for Overall Champion Young Horse (TB and 1/2 bred): (Playboy) John Hayes, Co Clare. Reserve: (Cheeky Imp) Declan Fahey, Clonakilty, Co Cork

Pembroke Challenge Cup: (Tattygare My Fair Lady) Hurst Show Horses. Reserve: (Cloudy Bay) Moira McKelvey, Co Down.

Perpetual Challenge Cup for Champion Yearling: (Cheeky Imp) Declan Fahey, Clonakilty, Co Cork. Reserve: (Versache) Desmond Gibson, Dromore, Co Down.

Perpetual Challenge Cup for Champion Working Hunter Horse: (Ringwood on Springs) Michael Leonard, Newcastle West, Co Limerick. Reserve: (Freetouch) Martin King, Ashbourne, Meath.

Champion Cob: (Checkmate) Dermot O’Connor, Cloneygowan, Co Offaly. Reserve: (Mr Morrow) Robert Morrow, Lisburn, Co Antrim.

Owen Ryan Cup for champion one, two or three year old filly (TB and 1/2 bred): (Tattygare My Fair Lady) Hurst Show Horses. Reserve: (Very Smart) Hurst Show Horses & Mrs Harriet Cox, Co Fermanagh.

Michael O’Connell Trophy for Connemara Pony: (Castle Urchin) Henry O’Toole, Clifden, Co Galway. Reserve: (Glencarrig Prince) Gearoid Curran, Moycullen, Co Galway.

SATURDAY

RDS Perpetual Challenge Cup in Equitation: (Rockmount Odyssey) Verran Moore, Claregalway, Co Galway. Reserve: (Strawberry Top), Teresa Igoe, Athlone, Co Westmeath

RDS Trophy for Riding Horse: (Braveheart) Deirdre Gomes, Greyabbey, Co Down. Reserve: (Berberous) Maura Purcell, Emly, Co. Tipperary.

RDS Cup for Best Pony: (Rhos Royal Velvet) Mrs M Moore, Ballynahinch, Co. Down. Reserve: (Haynevalley Pierre) Mrs Regina Daly, Leap, Co Cork.

Plaque for Novice Pony: (Haynevalley Pierre), Mrs Regina Daly, Leap, Co Cork. Reserve: Clonross Talisman, Mrs R Henry, Fethard, Co Tipperary.

RDS Cup for Open Pony: (Rhos Royal Velvet) Mrs M Moore, Ballynahinch, Co Down. Reserve: (Knockreigh Mistletoe) Pamela Chapman, Gorey, Co Wexford

SUNDAY

Vivienne Hillery Cup for Champion Working Hunter Pony: (Ardfry Ahab) Linda Young, Maynooth, Co Kildare. Reserve: (Ardfry Cedar) Pascal Crawford, Corofin, Co Galway.

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