Showjumping

  • A 25-year-old Foxford showjumper has died from injuries sustained in a road collision last week in Belgium.

    Jack Dodd passed away yesterday surrounded by his family at Maastricht University Hospital.

    One of Ireland's brightest young show jumping riders, Jack was involved in a single car collision in Belgium seven days ago near Weert.

    He had been in an induced coma since.

    Jack's untimely death has devastated his family and many friends, at home and abroad.

    The hard-working young man had represented Ireland at senior level and had previously worked for top international show jumpers Cian O'Connor, Shane Breen, Cameron Hanley and had been based with Bertram Allen's yard in Germany before going out on his own earlier this year.

    His parents David and Trish run a riding school in Foxford.

  • Mayo’s Cameron Hanley was in stunning form yesterday evening, taking a win and a third place finish in two competitions at the five-star Global Champions Tour in Cannes, France.

    Both of Hanley’s results came aboard the 10-year-old mare Eis Isaura, owned by Equi Invest Showjumping Ltd and previously ridden by Ireland’s Paul Kennedy and Dave Quigley.

    All Irish riders competing internationally this weekend are wearing black armbands as a mark of respect to Mayo’s Jack Dodd (25) who died tragically following a car accident in Belgium.

  • Irish Show Jumping development team manager Michael Blake has named a five man squad for the first Longines FEI Nations Cup competition of the 2019 season, which takes place next Sunday February 17th at Deeridge Farms in Wellington, Florida, USA as part of the 2019 Palm Beach Masters Series.

    Six teams, Canada, Colombia, Ireland, Israel, Mexico and USA will line-out, in what is the only qualifier to be held in the U.S. for the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, Spain, next Autumn.

    The Irish squad for the Wellinton Nations Cup is as follows:

    Mayo’s Cormac Hanleywith VDL Cartello– owned by Heathman Farm LLC
    Offaly’s Darragh Kenny with Babalou 41– owned by Jack Snyder
    Limerick’s Paul O’Shea with Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu – owned by Machu Picchu Partners LLC
    Down’s Conor Swailwith Rubens LS La Silla – owned by Rose Hill Farm
    Cork’s Shane Sweetnam with Indra van de Oude Heihoef – owned by The Blue Buckle Group

    Ireland will be led by development team manager Michael Blake, who has handed a first senior Nations Cup call up to 21-year-old Cormac Hanley from Claremorris Co Mayo

    “I think we have a very strong squad for this first Nations Cup of the season and I am confident we can do a good job. Cormac Hanley makes his first appearance on a senior Nations Cup squad after some very good recent performances and he adds a mix of youth to what is an experienced squad. There are some very strong teams in action, including the USA who have included four of their World Equestrian Games team and we are looking forward to what promises to be a great competition,” commented Blake.

    Ireland, as a European Nation, will not be eligible for league points in Wellington. Their first points-scoring outing under team manager Rodrigo Pessoa in Europe Division 1 will come at La Baule in France on May 19th.

  • Galway's Michael Duffy and 12-year old stallion EFS Top Contender have been chosen as Ireland's first reserve for the Irish Show Jumping team taking part in the World Equestrian Games.

    The Galway showjumper will fly out to North Carolina with the squad next week.

    Michael was also part of the Nations Cup team in Gijon, Spain at the weekend.

    The FEI Wold Equestrian Games start next Tuesday 11th September, and are expected to attract 500,000 spectators over two weeks of competitions, with 1,000 athletes and 1,500 horses competing from over 70 countries.

     

  • The Irish Show Jumping team have been drawn fourth to jump of 15 teams in tonight's (Friday) Longines FEI Nations Cup World Final, which carries a prize fund of €1.7 Million and takes place at the Real Club de Polo in Barcelona, Spain.

    The top eight teams after tonight's first round of competition will qualify for Sunday’s grand final, with the other seven teams going forward to the Challenge Cup final on Saturday.

    The full draw for the first round of competition in Barcelona is as follows:

    1, Germany; 2, Spain; 3, Austria; 4, Ireland; 5, Great Britain; 6, Italy; 7, Sweden; 8, Belgium; 9, Brazil; 10, USA; 11, Canada; 12, Netherlands; 13, France; 14, Switzerland; 15, UAE.

    Irish team manager Rodrigo Pessoa has named his team for the Barcelona showdown and they will line out as follows:

    Cork’s Billy Twomey with Kimba Flamenco
    Waterford’s Anthony Condon with SFS Aristio
    Tipperary’s Shane Breen with Ipswich Van De Wolfsakker
    Offaly’s Darragh Kenny with Balou Du Reventon

    Mayo’s Michael G Duffy is Ireland’s fifth man with The Irish Sport Horse Lapuccino 2 and can be called upon to jump in the second competition over the weekend.

    Tonight's competition gets underway at 7pm Irish time and is live on FEITV.

  • Irish riders have made a winning start at the Italian five-star World Cup show in Verona, with Mayo’s Michael G Duffy claiming the top prize in today’s (Friday) 1m50 speed competition.

    Twenty-one-year-old Duffy was drawn to jump near the end of the competition with the Carl Hanley-owned  9-year-old gelding Chappo Chey, and made full advantage when posting what proved the winning clear in 62.27 seconds.

    Riders from Sweden filled the next two places, with Henrik von Eckermann finishing second aboard Que Bueno de Hus Z (63.99), just ahead of Petronella Andersson in third with Eclatant (64.67).

    Duffy is joined at the Italian venue by Wexford’s Bertram Allen and Co Louth’s Mark McAuley with Verona hosting the third round of the Longines FEI World Cup series on Sunday.

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    Knockmore Showjumper Ciaran Nallon enjoyed another successful weekend in Europe.

    The 16 year old had an impressive win in yesterday’s pony section at the Valkenswaard in The Netherlands in the 135 140 Global Features Championship finals which is a top international event.

  • The Devenish & Underwriting Exchange Irish Show Jumping team have finished the season on a high, taking an impressive third place finish on the podium after a thrilling Longines FEI Nations Cup World Final today (Sunday) in Barcelona (ESP), where the final result went right down to the wire.

    An incredible competition saw the lead change several times over the closing stages, with Belgium eventually being crowned champions, while runners-up France and third-placed Ireland could only be separated by time. As the competition progressed it became clear that the demanding course would take serious jumping, with clear rounds at a premium. In fact just four of the 32 starters would manage to jump clear at the finish.

    Rodrigo Pessoa’s Irish team included three horses making their first appearance in a Nations Cup, while 21-year-old Knockmore native Michael G Duffy was jumping in his first ever five-star Nations Cup for Ireland

    Cork’s Billy Twomey was first out for Ireland with Kimba Flamenco and finished with just one fence down. Waterford’s Anthony Condon also came home with just four faults with SFS Aristio and Ireland were in a share of the lead at the halfway stage on 4 faults.

    Michael G Duffy from Co Mayo looked to be heading for a clear round when third to go with The Irish Sport Horse Lapuccino 2, but just like many others, the last line proved costly as two late poles fell to the floor. The result hang in the balance as Ireland’s last rider, Darragh Kenny, came in with Balou Du Reventon. They were also clear coming to the last line but finished with 8 faults as they crossed the line.

    Italy could win with a final clear from last to go Lorenzo de Luca, but two fences down dropped the Italians down the standings and handed victory to Belgium. France finished second with Ireland third, Italy fourth, Netherlands fifth, ahead of Sweden, Austria and Switzerland.

  • Knockmore Showjumper Michael Duffy has been selected as part of the Irish Show Jumping squad for this weekend’s Longines FEI Nations Cup World Final in Barcelona.

    Also named on the team are Shane Breen from Tipperary, Waterford’s Anthony Condon, Offaly’s Darragh Kenny and Billy Twomey from Cork.

    The competition, which carries a total prize fund of €1.7 million, begins on Friday, following which the top eight teams will qualify for the final on Sunday.

    The remaining seven teams will compete in Saturday’s Challenge Cup Final.

  • The latest Longines World Show Jumping rankings released today (Thursday) by the FEI, shows Ireland now has eleven riders ranked among the top 100 in the world – a figure only surpassed by the USA with twelve. The news comes on the back of a strong start to the season by Irish riders at competitions around the globe.

    Wexford’s Bertram Allen continues to be Ireland’s top-ranked showjumper at No.23, just ahead of Tipperary’s Denis Lynch at 24 and Meath’s Cian O’Connor at 25. Cork’s Shane Sweetnam is next best of the Irish at 31.

    One of the biggest movers this month was Co Derry’s Daniel Coyle who continues his meteoric rise up world rankings with the 23-year-old moving up seven places to 34. while Tipperary’s Shane Breen comes in at No.44.

    Other Irish riders among the top 100 include, Darragh Kenny (51), Conor Swail (66), Richie Moloney (80), Mark McAuley (81) and Cameron Hanley (93).

    America’s Kent Farrington remains the World No.1 with Dutch rider Harrie Smolders at No.2 and Sweden’s Peder Fredricson at No.3.
  • Mayo’s Michael G Duffy and Castlefield Rubinus have scored a hugely impressive fourth place finish in today’s five-star €300,000 Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix at Rome in Italy.

    Twenty-two year-old Duffy from Knockmore was just the third rider to enter the arena in the first round and he made the course look deceptively easy with the 10-year-old gelding Castlefield Rubinus who is owned by Carl Hanley Sporthorses. Many of the world’s top riders who followed failed to jump clear and eventually just five combinations would go forward to the jump-off.

    Duffy, who was a gold medalist at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in China, was first to go against the clock and posted another impressive clear in 39.68 seconds. Britain’s Ben Maher took the winners prize of €99,000 when last to go with a time of 37.45 aboard Explosion W. Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann finished second with Cantinero in 38.32 ahead of Belgium’s Jos Verlooy in third with Caracas (38.85). Duffy was the only other rider to jump double clear and collected €30,000 for his fourth place finish.

  • Mayo’s Michael G Duffy has scored a hugely impressive third place finish in today’s (Saturday) Queen’s Cup – Segura Viudas Trophy at Barcelona’s five-star Nations Cup Final show in Spain.

    Riding the the Carl Hanley-owned 9-year-old gelding Chappo Chey, Duffy was among 18 combinations who jumped clear in the first round to set up a hugely competitive jump-off. He had the disadvantage of being second to go against the clock, but set an excellent target of clear in 38.52 seconds to take the early lead.

    Duffy’s impressive round saw him hold on to take third place at the finish, to collect almost €14,000. Victory went to to America’s Jessica Springsteen with RMF Swinny Du Parc in a time of 38.04 ahead of Belgium’s Pieter Devos who took runner-up spot with Gin D in 38.36.

    The Longines FEI Nations Cup World Final takes place in Barcelona on Sunday, with the Devenish & Underwriting Exchange Irish team among eight teams who have qualified and will battle for €1.25 Million in prizemoney.

     

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    Mayo's Cormac Hanley and the 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse stallion Captain Caruso scored a superb win in yesterday's (Thursday) 1m45 $10,000 Hermès Under 25 Welcome class at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida, USA.  Last week Cormac and his wonderful Irish Sport Horse triumphed in the 1.40 Meter Opening Speed and in a 1.45 Meter Jump Off competition at the International Equestrian Event so last nights’ win is the third from 3 Starts for the Mayo Combination.

    Last night Hanley finished three tenths of a second ahead of American runner-up Sydney Shulman and Villamoura.
    Cormac Hanley was also awarded with the Champion Equine Insurance Jumper Style Award from the 54 Starters in the Event.

    Captain Caruso is an Irish Sport Horse bred by Charles Hanley.  He is by Captain Clover which was also bred by Hanley in Claremorris.  Captain Clover was sold to Gabriel Slattery, Irishtown where he was campaigned as a showjumper and has proved very influential to Irish Horse Breeding.  Captain Caruso is certainly carrying on the tradition.

     

  • Co Down’s Conor Swail has taken runner-up spot in today’s (Sunday) four-star Grand Prix at Arezzo in Italy to take home just over €11,000. Thirteen combinations made it through to the jump-off including Mayo’s Cameron Hanley who briefly held the lead with Quirex before eventually finishing fifth.

    Swail took over top spot with a clear in 40.71 with the nine-year-old Domino van de Valhoeve but was overtaken by Italian home favourite Bruno Chimirri and Tower Mouche who collected the winners prize with a time of 40.27.

    Earlier in Arezzo, Meath’s Alexander Butler scored a victory in the 1m45 ranking class. Riding the 11-year-old gelding Theoreme du Desir, he produced the fastest clear of 64.83 seconds to take the top prize of just over €6,000.

    Across the Atlantic, Offaly’s Darragh Kenny and Cassini Z grabbed a place on the podium and a cheque for €45,000 in Saturday night’s Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix at Miami Beach in Florida, USA.

    Meanwhile Irish Youth riders completed a remarkable weekend in Belgium by winning both the Junior and Pony Grand Prix’s. Wexford’s Harry Allen stormed to victory in the Junior (U18) Grand Prix at Opglabbeek. He was the sole Irish representative in a 13-horse jump-off and riding the nine-year-old gelding Dis Moi Tout de Clairbois, he jumped clear in 41.03 to finish over two seconds ahead of Belgian runner-up Max Sebrechts with Cacacha van het Schaeck.

    The later Pony Grand Prix saw Irish riders fill the top two places. Kilkenny’s Seamus Hughes-Kennedy took the winners trophy with the Barbara O’Reilly-Hyland-owned Rock Dee Jay. Drawn third to go in a 10 horse jump-off, they posted what proved an unbeatable clear in 35.98. Tipperary’s Max Wachman and the Coolmore Showjumping-owned Aughnashammer completed an Irish 1-2 by finishing second with a clear in 36.67. Francis Derwin was first to go in the jump-off for Ireland with Rincoola Babog (ISH) and they produced the fastest time of the second round (34.13) but one fence down saw them finish ninth.

    The three Irish riders, along with Tom Wachman, were part of Gary Marshall’s team that won the Pony Nations Cup on Saturday at the same venue
  • In showjumping news -

    Mayo’s Cameron Hanley has been named on the Irish five-man squad for the Longines FEI Nations Cup series in France.

    The four team members will be picked later this week.

    Ireland will do battle with 7 other teams in the French Division one fixture.

    This is Ireland’s second of five points-scoring opportunities in Europe Division One.

     

  • Results of Primary School Jumping from Interschools Event At Claremorris Equestrian Centre – Sunday 18th November

     

     

    Novice Primary Schools

    Place

    Rider

    Pony

    School

    1st

    Lilly P. Slattery

    Dancer

    Knock Primary School

           

     

    Open Primary School

    Place

    Rider

    Pony

    School

    1st

    Lilly P Slattery

    Dancer

    Knock Primary School

     

     

    Results of Novice Schools Jumping from Interschools Event At Claremorris Equestrian Centre – Sunday 18th November

     

    Novice Teams

     

    1st

    St. Cuan's, Ballinasloe

         
     

    Ruth O'Connor

    Avril

       
     

    Rachel Oçonnor

    Lorenzo

       
     

    Dara Leonard

    Eglish Clover

       
     

    Keelin Lawlor

    Earlszo

       
             

    2nd

    Mount St Michael

         
     

    Aoife Prendergast

         
     

    Ciara Hanley

         
     

    Sarah Lavery

         
             

    Novice Individual

    Place

    Rider

    Horse

    School

    Result

    1st

    Karen Ferriter

    Loxley

    St. Joseph's Castlebar

    Clear/56.20

    2nd

    Rachel Kinncavey

    Chantilly Girl

    Ballinrobe Community School

    Clear/58.49

    3rd

    Ella Walsh

    Captain Kiva

    St. Paul's Oughterard

    Clear/72.68

    4th

    Rachel O'Connor

    Rufus

    St Cuans, Ballinasloe

    Clear/73.52

    5th

    Keelin Lawlor

    Earlzo

    St Cuans, Ballinasloe

    4 Faults/49.13

    6th

    Dara Leonard

    Eglish Clover

    St. Cuans, Ballinasloe

    4 Faults/55.94

             
                     

     

    Results of OPEN Schools Jumping from Interschools Event At Claremorris Equestrian Centre – Sunday 18th November

     

    Open Teams

     

    1st

    Salerno Secondary School, Galway

       
     

    Zara Herbert

    Misty

       
     

    Orlaith de Baraid

    Cavalier Kim

       
     

    Karly Tierney

    Princess Twilight

       
     

    Naomi Carr

    Ardnasella Nina

       
             

    2nd

    Ballinrobe Community School

       
     

    Michela Tuffy

    Cappacurry Candycrush

       
     

    Ava Tansey

    Kilgarvan King

       
     

    Hannah Keane

    Goldies Gina

       
     

    Ella McGrath

    Crown me a Star

       
             

    Open Individual

    1st

    Kayla Cunningham

    Milford Lad

    St. Joseph's Primary School, Ballinrobe

    Clear/39.49

    2nd

    Karly Tierney

    Princess Twinlight

    Salerno Secondary School, Galway

    Clear/40.46

    3rd

    Zara Herbert

    Misty

    Salerno Secondary School, Galway

    Clear/42.30

    4th

    Naomi Carr

    Ardnasella Nina

    Salerno Secondary School, Galway

    Clear/47.21

    5th

    Niamh Reilly

    Henry

    Sacred Heart School, Westport

    Clear/51.62

    6th

    Kelly Morgan

    KM Auroro

    St. Attracta's, Tubbercurry

    Clear/52.79

     

    Interschools Dressage Results

    from Claremorris Equestrian Centre - Sunday 18th November

     

    Place

    School

    Rider

    Horse

    1st

    Mount St Michael, Claremorris

    Ciara Hanley

    MARCO

    2nd

    Mount St Michael, Claremorris

    Ciara Hanley

    SIMBA

    3rd

    Ballinrobe Community School

    Lauren Fahy

    Douglas

    4th

    Ballinrobe Community School

    Leah Treacy

    Killeenduff Jack

    5th

    St. Attracta's, Tubbercurry

    Kelly Morgan

    He’s A Buck

    6th

    Mount St Michael, Claremorris

    Ciara Hanley

    SAMMY

     

     

  • Sligo’s Richard Howley scored one of the biggest wins of his career, coming out on top in last night's €150,000 five-star Grand Prix at the Spanish Nations Cup show in Gijon.

    A hugely competitive jump-off saw 13 riders go forward to the second round, but none could match Howley’s winning clear in 59.86 seconds with the 10-year-old mare Dolores who is owned by Morgan Kent.

    The result crowned a very successful week for Irish riders at the Spanish venue.

    Richard Howley from Enniscrone was crowned Leading Rider of the Show after also winning Saturday’s Accumulator competition with Cruising Star. The Irish team, led by Michael Blake,  finished joint fourth in Friday’s Gijon Nations Cup.