Aug 3 2017

With Millstreet International Horse Show in full swing this week, visitors to the Co. Cork venue may be unaware that work is gathering pace just 500m away as the Horse Trials team continue to prepare for Millstreet International Horse Trials which take place from 23rd – 27th August.

Now in it’s third year, the 2017 event follows on from the recent successful hosting of the FEI European Eventing Championships for Young Riders and Juniors presented by Connolly’s RED MILLS. (more…)

Jul 24 2017

The climax of the ‘FEI EUROPEAN EVENTING CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR YOUNG RIDERS PRESENTED BY CONNOLLY’S RED MILLS took place on Sunday afternoon under bright skies at the Green Glens Arena.
Germany’s Young Rider team did not want to be outdone by their Junior team who had won Gold earlier in the day and duly won Team Gold on a score of 133.70. There was drama to the end over the James Tarrant designed show-jumping course and the lead changed hands several times during the last session. (more…)

Jul 23 2017

At the end of an action packed afternoon at the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Germany won the Team Gold on a score of 95.2.   The team members; three of them first timers in the Junior championships, are trained by German Olympic rider Julia Krajewski.  Three clear rounds saw them maintain their position over the British team who finished on 102.70 and France on 131.30. (more…)

The horse inspection for the Junior Championships has now finished and 68 competitors will go forward to the show jumping phase at 1100. Sadly Izzy RILEY (IRL) and Ballycarron Lad were not accepted.
The horse inspection for the Young Rider Championships saw some drama towards the end. Sadly Susannah BERRY (IRL) riding Morswood was not accepted. Mistral De Blondel (FRA) and Beltrim Full Moon (IRL) were not presented.   Team Ireland move from 4th to 10th with the loss of Susannah, who was lying in Silver medal position individually.   40 competitors go forward to the Show Jumping this phase this afternoon.

Jul 21 2017

Sam ECROYD (GBR) has taken the lead in the Young Rider Championships on a score of 35.70.
It was a personal best for the combination and Sam was quick to pay tribute to the work his team, vet, physio and groom played in producing him at his best for today. Sam said

He is good enough in his body but the marginal gains the team have been able to give him today resulted in this great score. Dressage trainer Emma Fisher got the right rhythm in the trot and his canter is always good so I am really pleased with him today.”

Three members of the British team achieved personal bests in the dressage phase so great credit to Emma.
Of the cross country course, Sam said

‘It is a proper Championship track in true Irish style, it is a not a dressage competition for sure. It is intense towards the end but there is not one bogey fence. The weather will play a big influence. The time is tight but fair.”

Second is Hanna KNÜPPEL (GER) on a score of 36.00. Susannah BERRY is the best of the Irish riders in 4th place on a score of 38.40. In the team competition, France lead on 121, followed by Germany on 125.1 and Great Britain on 125.3. Team Ireland is in 5th place on 136.2. The cross country action for the Young Rider Championship will start at 14.00 on Saturday with live scoring and cross country commentary available through the Millstreet Championship website.


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Jul 21 2017

At the conclusion of the dressage phase at the FEI EUROPEAN EVENTING CHAMPIONSHIPS JUNIORS PRESENTED BY CONNOLLY’S RED MILLS, the British Rider Isabelle UPTON heads the field on a score of 23.90. This is the the second best dressage score across all levels this decade for Team GBR!
Isabelle said:

He was amazing, so good, totally with me and gave me a great feeling. He has grown up so much this season”.

Isabelle scored four tens during her test including one for her riding. Asked about Mike Etherington-Smith’s Cross Country course, Isabelle said:

It will take a lot of riding and I am really excited to get out there”.

In second place is Gesa STAAS (GER) on 29.8 and in third Emma BRÜSSAU (GER) on 30.50.
In the team standings Germany are on 95.2, Great Britain on 102.7 and France on 131
The cross country phase starts at 09.30 on Saturday.


Photo: Junior Championship leader after dressage, Isabelle Upton (Eros DHI) (Image: JumpinAction)