A cool-headed clear from Greg Broderick on MHS Going Global last night ensured Ireland scraped through to tomorrow’s €1.5m Furusiyya Series final in Barcelona, Spain.
The low-scoring contest saw Robert Splaine’s team, that also included Shane Breen, Darragh Kenny, and Denis Lynch, finish on eight faults to be among eight of the 18 countries to progress to the final, in which countries start on a zero score.
Ireland shared seventh place with the Netherlands, but there was heartbreak for Brazil, who also finished on eight faults, but missed out as the team’s combined time was slower.
Broderick said: “Junior [MHS Going Global] jumped phenomenal tonight in Barcelona... Very tough opposition here and the lads rode great. Great team spirit and were looking forward to getting stuck in for the grand final of eight teams.”
Breen and Golden Hawk opened on eight faults, with Kenny on Go Easy de Muze and Lynch aboard All Star 5 each four-faulting before Broderick delivered the vital clear.
Ireland will face Germany, Belgium and USA, who finished tops yesterday, each on a zero tally, along with Switzerland, Britain and Italy, who each scored four faults.
* PJ Hegarty has opted to retire his home-bred Fenyas Elegance on a high, with the mare carrying Britain’s Ollie Townend to victory last Sunday in the CIC three-star at Ballindenisk International Horse Trials.
Hegarty said of the 12-year-old mare: “Our intention at all times was to have her as a broodmare, so we have decided to retire her on a winning note on home turf.
“I will definitely go to a thoroughbred with her. I haven’t my mind fully made up. I want to produce something as good as herself. That will do mighty fine,” said Hegarty who has a full-brother to the mare in Fenyas Garsun.
“We have nothing done with him, and he has never even been registered with Eventing Ireland. He’s done a few hunter trials so far and a few days hunting, but we will be aiming to get him going over the winter in preparation for the start of his eventing career next year. He is showing good promise with a nice jump and he’s a very rideable horse. We have left him mature, as he’s over 17hh,” said the Bandon man, who sold Fenyas Elegance’s seven-year-old half brother Fenyas Guiding Star to Belgium, saying “he already has won a couple of classes out there”.
Among the highlights of Fenyas Elegance career were her two three-star wins in Britain, at Blenheim and Bramham, both with Aoife Clark in the saddle. She also placed second at Chatsworth, along with finishing 21st at the World Equestrian Games to help Ireland qualify for the Rio Olympics. She placed third in the CCI three-star in Saumur, France, last May. Townend also believed a communication issue that led to a run-out cost him the silver medal at the European Championships at Blair Castle.
From an early age the promise showed through, when she won the FEHL four-year-old champion title and she was also the top filly in the Millstreet Young Ireland loose jumping in 2007. She was the champion filly foal at Dublin Horse and then went on to win the All-Ireland filly foal championship in Moate. Another accolade came in 2008 when she was named champion hunter in Dublin.
In April of last year, Clark gave up the ride on what she said was an “incredible” mare, explaining: ““She is an alpha female, though, and has always found dressage the difficult phase. At three-star level I found a way of making it more comfortable and easier for her, but moving up a level she was finding the intensity of the higher-level work increasingly difficult and I don’t want to put that pressure on her and don’t feel she deserves it.”
However, Hegarty rejected there was an issue with the mare’s dressage.
Yesterday, he said Townend “proved to the world and those that saw her over the weekend in Ballindenisk that she was capable of competing at the top level of eventing. Those that said otherwise should take a look in the mirror.”
An embryo transfer, Fenyas Elegance is by the stallion Ricardo Z (ZANG) out of the Irish Sport Horse mare Fenya, by thoroughbred Good Thyne (USA).
* Carbery Hunt are promising “a great day out for all the family with some fabulous prizes” at Templemartin Hunter Trials on Sunday, October 9.
The action begins at 11am with classes that include training pony, training horse, training pairs, novice pony, novice horse, novice pairs and an open contest.
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