Greg Broderick and MHS Going Global flew two successful Furusiyya Series missions for Ireland recently in Lummen and La Baule, but it’s fair to say they did so under the radar.
The Tipperary rider and the hugely talented nine-year-old gelding produced Ireland’s only clear round in the former, only for their five-star debut to end on a disappointing note as the team placed last. In the French fixture, rounds of four and zero were matched by his team-mates as Ireland finished a creditable third.
However, in this case, Bertram Allen rightly garnered all the publicity, scoring a hat-trick of wins at the show, while finishing second in the grand prix.
Broderick acknowledged the assessment, but said the important thing was that Going Global continued to star in the arena.
“I’m just happy the horse is going well. It’s not about getting media coverage, it’s about the horse doing his job and improving all the time.
“I’m very lucky with him, in that he ticks all the boxes. For a young horse, he doesn’t get intimidated by the big occasion or big atmospheres.”
Despite Going Global’s strength of character, Broderick is acutely conscious of his relative youth.
“He has all the scope in the world and his rideability is second to none, which makes my life easier on the big day.
“I’ve produced a lot of young horses, but this horse has an X factor about him and that is why I’ve been more careful in his production from the start.
“I qualified for the grand prix in both Lummen and La Baule, but I opted not to jump and to mind my horse because of his age.
“It’s not an easy decision. I have a yard to run at home with staff, while also having the expense of being on the road in Europe. I have two extra staff in Europe, plus accommodation and flights, so not to jump in the grands prix is hard, as you are turning your back on the prospect of huge money. I sacrificed that in the welfare of the horse. I’ve made a plan for this year and I’m sticking to it.”
Understandably, he sings the praises of Going Global’s owner, Canadian Lee Kruger, particularly due to her resolve to resist sizeable offers.
“Lee is over the moon and she is a fantastic supporter. I’m very privileged, as there is a huge amount of interest internationally, particularly from the likes of people in Dubai and the US. She could have a huge amount of money for the horse, but she has given me the opportunity and I’m very very thankful,” said Broderick, who has been given the thumbs up by Ireland manager Robert Splaine to again do the business in St Gallen, Switzerland, when he links up with his La Baule team-mates Cian O’Connor, Bertram Allen, Darragh Kenny and Shane Breen.
“I’m totally focused on helping the Irish team,” said Broderick “and hope to be on the Aga Khan team in Dublin and the team at the European Championships.”
Meanwhile, it’s back to the bread-and-butter stuff.
“I’m back home and I will compete some nice horses in Mullingar CSI two-star next week.”
Britain’s Oliver Townend could only manage 37th place with Fenyas Elegance at the two-star Floors Castle horse trials in Scotland last weekend.
It was the pair’s first outing since the mare was returned last month to owner/breeder PJ Hegarty in West Cork by Aoife Clark.
The Kildare rider’s decision came as a major surprise, as she had managed two three-star wins in England with Elegance, plus finished best of the Irish in the World Equestrian Games.
Clark described the 11-year-old as an “alpha female” that found dressage “difficult”.
“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”.
Townend opened on Elegance in the CIC two-star with 49.8 penalties in dressage, and picked up 20 jumping penalties and 12 time penalties on the cross-country, adding eight in the show jumping for a completion of 89.8pens in a competition that saw 46 starters.
However, the Yorkshire rider is renowned for his hunger to win and, with Power Drive, he took the honours in the competition for the second year in a row.
As Ireland battled to third in last Friday’s nations cup in La Baule, another Irish team placed fourth of 13 teams in the second-division nations cup in Odense, Denmark.
The team’s first-round display left them in fifth place, after Capt Geoff Curran (Mullaghbane) finished on nine faults, Michael Duffy (Cortina 200) put up 12 faults, while Thomas Ryan (Caribo) concluded with four and Capt Brian Cournane (Javas Keltic Mist) had one time fault,
However, clears in the second round from Ryan and Capt Curran, with Duffy adding just one time fault and Capt Cournane providing the discard of five moved them up one place.
On Sunday, Duffy had almost half a second in hand when winning a 1.40mtr speed class on Miss Untouchable.
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