• 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.

  • Claremorris man Cormac Hanley Junior riding Heathman Farms "Cortani"won the "spruce Meadows Cup"for showjumping in Calgary Canada yesterday Friday,this follows on from his double clear riding VDL Cartello,in the Nations Cup for Ireland last Sunday in Vancouver Canada

  • 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.


    The Dublin Horse Show has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.

    The Horse Show was due to take place at the RDS in Dublin from 15-19 July, but this evening the RDS has announced the event is cancelled,  as part of the national effort to control the virus.



  • Galway’s Cathal Daniels claims outstanding bronze medal at European Eventing Championships – Irish team finish sixth

    Twenty-two-year-old Cathal Daniels from Co Galway and the Irish Sport Horse mare Rioghan Rua (ISH) have produced a magnificent performance at the Longines FEI Eventing European Championships at Luhmühlen in Germany, to claim the individual bronze medal to add to the World Championship team silver medal they won last year.

    Daniels had been lying in 13th place after Friday’s Dressage after he scored an impressive 29.0.

    A fantastic clear Cross Country round on Saturday well inside the time, saw Daniels and the Margaret Kinsella-owned 12-year-old mare rise to sixth place heading into the final day and crucially were less than a fence off the medal places.

    Another perfect clear in the final Show Jumping phase saw Daniels put pressure on those above him.

    As fences began to fall, Daniels rose to third place at the finish to take home the second championship medal of his career.

    Speaking after the competition Cathal said:

    “It’s an amazing feeling! I’ve gone through Juniors, Young Riders and now Seniors with this mare.

    Unfortunately, the team didn’t get as strong a result as they wanted, but I was glad I was able to get a medal and keep spirits high and build again for next year on the road to Tokyo.”

  • Galway's Jessica Burke won the Belgian Grand Prix at the weekend.

    A large field of 57 starters went to post in the two -star Grand Prix in Belgium, with Gort-based Jessica Burke coming out on top with Express Trend, owned and bred by Liam Nicholas.

    Irish riders also featured strongly in the German Grand Prix.

    Co Clare's Eoin McMahon finished as runner-up, just ahead of Mayo's Jonathan Gordon, who took third place.

    Germany's Marcus Ehning was the winner with Stargold.

  • 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.


  • A strong performance which included six clear rounds from the Michael Blake-managed Irish Show Jumping team of Shane Sweetnam, Bertram Allen, Michael Duffy and Cian O'Connor, saw them finish as runners-up  in the $150,000 four-star Nations Cup at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida, which concluded in the early hours of this morning.

    It was an emotional evening for the Irish team who had been wearing black armbands in memory of well-known Irish trainer, breeder and owner of several top horses, Deirdre Bourns from Co Galway, who passed away earlier this week.

    Cork's Shane Sweetnam got Ireland off to a perfect start in round one with a clear aboard Karlin Van’t Vennehof, owned by Seabrook LLC and that set the tone for what would be an outstanding first round for Michael Blake's team.

    A second clear followed for Wexford’s Bertram Allen with The Irish Sport Horse Castlefield Vegas, owned by Martin Egan and then Galway’s Michael Duffy was also foot perfect with Zilton SL Z – owned by Katherine Duffy and HMF Equestrian. Another clear from Meath’s Cian O’Connor riding the anchor leg with Cadiz, owned by Ronnoco Jump Ltd would leave Ireland on a perfect zero score and in the lead at the halfway stage. The home team from USA were close behind in second on just a time fault while Israel were third on four faults. Brazil were next best on eight faults with Canada and Britain on 12, while Mexico and Colombia finished round one on 20 faults.

    Following the halfway break, the second round got underway under floodlights and Shane Sweetnam with Karlin Van’t Vennehof kept Ireland in control by completing a double clear performance.  Bertram Allen and Castlefield Vegas (ISH) then finished with four faults before Michael Duffy and Zilton SL Z also completed with a single fence down. An excellent second round performance from the USA saw them add nothing to their first round score and even another Irish clear from Cian O'Connor as anchor rider with Cadiz, couldn't deny the home team victory.

    Winners USA finished on just a time fault with Ireland second on four faults. Brazil finished third on 14 with Israel fourth on 16 while Canada finished fifth on 20. Britain (24) finished sixth, with Colombia (29) in seventh while Mexico finished eighth on 33 faults.

    The winning  team were presented with the Denis Quinlan memorial trophy.  Denis, who passed away in September of last year, was originally from Co Limerick before moving to Wellington, Florida and was instrumental in starting Nations Cup jumping in Florida and in supporting Irish riders.

  • 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.


    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.

  • Irish Show Jumping team manager Michael Blake has named his team for Sunday’s three-star Nations Cup which takes place at Drammen in Norway.

    Ireland have been drawn first to jump of the five teams that take part and Blake has named a entirely new team from the one that finished as runners-up in the Czech Nations Cup in Prague last weekend.

    The Irish team, which includes two Irish Sport Horses, will line out as follows:


    Tipperary’s Shane Breen with Z7 Ipswich – owned by Team Z7 & Shane Breen

    Clare’s Eoin McMahon with Chacon 2  – owned by Madeleine Winter-Schulze

    Carlow’s Jason Foley with Castlefield Vegas (ISH)  – owned by Martin Egan

    Mayo’s Michael G Duffy with Lapuccino 2 (ISH) – owned by Carl Hanley Sporthorses

  • 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.

  • Claremorris Showjumper Cian Goggins has had a terrific week at the Sunshine Tour in Spain.

    He won the six year old Sunshine Tour in Spain during the week and finished sixth this morning in another prestigious event.

    The Mayo man was on board Castleforbes Fedora to win the ranking event.

  • International Showjumper Jonathan Gordon joined Midwest Sport this afternoon to chat about his career to date and looking forward to his plans for 2021.

    The Crossmolina native on board his 10-year-old mare Dorotheental’s Classica stormed to victory in the two-star Grand Prix at Lier in Belgium two weeks ago.

    One of nine combinations to make it through to the jump-off, Mayo-born Gordon crossed the line clear in 36.63 seconds in the second round to take victory.

    He has been speaking to Midwest Radio's Michael D. McAndrew.

  • 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.