Aug 27 2018

The FEI Eventing Nations Cup in Millstreet, Ireland ended with a victory for France, with Great Britain settling for second and Ireland cruising to an easy third place. Olympic champions France were leading the scoreboard going into the Jumping phase and with only less than one penalty separating France in first place from Great Britain in second for this event, the pressure was tangible. (more…)

Statement from the Organisers of the Millstreet International Horse Trials

It is with great sadness that we announce that BGS Country Dreams, ridden and owned by Patrick Martin BYRNE (IRL) died as a result of a fatal accident while competing at The Millstreet International Horse Trials on Saturday 25th August 2018 in the CIC03* FEI Eventing Nations Cup.

BGS Country Dreams a 9 year old gelding had a non-rotational fall at Fence 22, The Gypsy Wagon, during the cross country phase.   The combination had jumped clear until that point.

The rider was uninjured in the fall.

The horse will be taken for a post mortem at the Irish Equine Centre.

The organisers of the event, the Duggan family, extend their deepest sympathy to the connections of BGS Country Dreams and Patrick Martin Byrne.

Saturday, 25 August 2018 at 1600.

Day 2 of the Millstreet International Horse Trials continued today with the dressage and jumping phases taking place on the main showground and the XC phases of the 1*s taking place at the stunning Drishane Castle.

The dressage phase of the  FEI Eventing Nations Cup presented by Connolly’s RED MILLS concluded this afternoon and the team from France head the standings on a score of 85.70.   Team USA are second, on an equal score to the French while Team GBR are third.

Thomas CARLILE (FRA) leads the section on an amazing score of 16.8. It is the best CIC3* dressage score in the last decade. Team USA rider Bruce O. DAVIDSON JR is 2nd and Ros CANTER’s great dressage week continues as she is in 3rd.  Sarah Ennis is the top Irish contender in 8th at this stage.

Over at Drishane Castle the CIC1* for Ponies saw Ibble WATSON (GBR) maintain her lead to win the section with fellow British riders Emily FINSTON and Daisy BATHE in second and third places.  The long trip back to the UK will start at 0300 on Saturday morning and will seem shorter with the rosettes and memories to keep them going. Ibble and Daisy’s mothers were both International riders for team GBR and is fantastic to

Gallivan Murphy Hooper Dolan CIC1* · Section A was won by Cassero 3 Brian MORRISON (IRL) followed by Camila READ (GBR) while the B Section awards head to the North of Ireland as  Steven SMITH (IRL) impressed the judges before producing spectacular performances in the showjumping and cross country phases.

Irish Sport Horse Studbook Coral Cove  CIC*YH 6yo was won by Aoife CLARK (IRL) with Suzanne HAGAN (IRL) 2nd and Heidi Woodhead (GBR) 3rd.

EPS Group CCI1* is headed by British rider Sophie BROWN, Irish rider Lucca STUBINGTON is in 3rd.

Emily BALDWIN (GBR) and Millie DUMAS (GBR) head the Donagh Hickey Motors CCI2*. Irish rider Melanie YOUNG is in 4th.

Rosalind CANTER (GBR) heads the Noel C Duggan Engineering CCI3* section followed by Aidan KEOGH (IRL) and Aoife CLARK (IRL) in in 4th

Eventing Ireland CIC2* sees Isabelle UPTON (GBR) on a score of  followed by Alexander BRAGG (GBR) and Aoife CLARK (IRL) after the dressage and show jumping phase.

Irish International Rider Sam WATSON is competing his WEG horse in this class  – Sam is making his comeback from a broken collarbone recently and is giving Horseware Ardagh Highlight a final run before he flies to Tryon next weekend.

The top 8 combinations from last night’s Irish Sport Horse Studbook National Eventing Discovery 4 and 5-year-old classes compete for the final honours tonight

Cross country continues on Saturday, starting at 0800

Aug 24 2018

Millstreet International Horse Trials got off to a flyer today.

The day has seen dressage take place for the ponies, 1*, 2* and 3* competitions, Show jumping for 1*, ponies and young horses and trot ups for all CCI classes.   Riders with multiple horses have certainly been kept very busy.

The Irish Field CIC* Pony class is headed up by Ibble WATSON (GBR).  Ibble lead the dressage on a score of 27.2 and then show jumped clear to take a lead of 3 marks into tomorrow’s cross country phase.  Ibble was one of the reserves for the team GBR Pony Team a few weeks ago so will be hoping for a great result here.

Leading Irish rider at this stage is Heather O’ CONNOR in 8th place.

The Irish Sport Horse Studbook Coral Cove 6 year old class is an Irish one two with Aoife CLARK and Suzanne HAGAN heading Heidi WOODHEAD (GBR).

Irish rider Brian MORRISON heads the Gallivan Murphy Hooper Dolan CIC* (Sect 1) on Cassero 3 and British riders Camilla READ and Flora HARRIS are 2nd and 3rd. In Sect. 2, Steven Smith and Hill Patrol lead the way.

Irish rider Aoife CLARK heads the Eventing Ireland CIC2* at this stage on a score of 24.4    British rider Isabelle (Bubby) UPTON who has enjoyed tremendous success at Millstreet over the years is 2nd on 25.3    Birthday girl Camilla SPIERS (IRL) is the highest placed Irish rider in 5th.

William FOX PITT (GBR) is making his Millstreet debut and is just out of the top 10 at this stage and is spending the evening judging the 5 year class.

The FEI Eventing Nations Cup presented by Connolly’s Red Mills started this afternoon in a blaze of sunshine.  This competition is trailing the Tokyo Olympic format and there is much talk about the team tactics.  Ros CANTER (GBR) leads the way on a score of 24 followed by fellow Brits Mille DUMAS and Alexander BRAGG.    Irish rider Sarah ENNIS is in 7th.

The fun continues into the evening with the Duggan Family inviting all competitors and their supporters to a drinks reception sponsored by Thin Gin.  Thin Gin is a multi-award winning Irish Gin from Anchor Spirits Ireland based in Waterford City  http://www.thingin.ie/home

The National Eventing Discovery Qualifier (4/5 year old horses) is taking place in the indoor arena during this evening as well.

Full results from today can be found https://www.rechenstelle.de/en/agenda/2018/millstreet-irl/ along with the timetable for another jam packed day on Friday.

The cross country phase at Drishane Castle will start at 13.30.

Aug 16 2018

With Millstreet International Horse Show CSI2* well underway, the countdown to next week’s Millstreet International Horse Trials continues and The Duggan Family and the Organising Committee are delighted to announce that the feature Millstreet CICO3* FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ will be presented by Connolly’s RED MILLS.

Now in its fourth year, the 2018 Horse Trials in Millstreet take place just days after the traditional CSI2* International Horse Show that has been a keystone in the Irish equestrian calendar for nearly forty years. Having previously hosted a variety of FEI European underage championships for Young Riders, Juniors and Ponies in the disciplines of Eventing, dressage and jumping, the Green Glens Arena and the adjoining Drishane Castle Demesne will host it’s first senior level team competition with some of the world’s best known event riders heading to Co. Cork. Ahead of next months World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina, a number of riders are using Millstreet in their final preparations including Australia’s Sam Griffiths and Andrew Hoy, Great Britain’s Rosalind Canter and Irish squad members Sam Watson, Cathal Daniels, Sarah Ennis and Aoife Clark.

The FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ series got underway in Italy in April and has since taken in venues in Great Britain, Poland, the USA and France. Millstreet forms the penultimate stage before the final in Boekelo (NED) this October and after 5 legs, a strong team from France will travel to Ireland hoping to further extend their lead at the top of the overall standings. Victories at Vairano (Italy), Strzegom (Poland) and their home leg in Le Pin au Haras give the French team a ten point advantage over Great Britain while a win on home soil next weekend would move Ireland up to sixth place in the current rankings. The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will feature a restructured Eventing Team competition and the Millstreet Nations Cup class will act as an official Test Event for the new format. Teams will comprise three members with an opportunity introduced to make substitutions during the competition.

Mike Etherington-Smith (GBR) returns to design the Cross Country courses at all levels and the recent dry weather conditions have been met with a renewed focus on watering and agrivation of the ground to ensure the best possible grass cover and going for the Cross Country phase. The dressage and show-jumping phases will take place on the newly resurfaced all-weather arenas at the Green Glens Arena.

Connolly’s RED MILLS have been long standing supporters of equestrian sport in Ireland through their sponsorship of initiatives including the show-jumping Spring Tour and the Connolly’s RED MILLS Eventing SuperLeague to name but a few. Gareth Connolly, Sales and Marketing Director Connolly’s RED MILLS said:

“We enjoy a great partnership with the team at Millstreet and are looking forward to our sponsored show-jumping class this weekend and presenting next week’s  Millstreet CICO3* FEI Eventing Nations Cup™. At Connolly’s RED MILLS we are passionate about producing quality feed products designed to support the high-performance horse and to be able to support our customers through these events means a lot to us. We wish all competitors the very best of luck and we look forward to meeting many of them and their teams next week.”

Speaking about the partnership, Event Director Thomas Duggan said:

“We are delighted that Connolly’s RED MILLS are continuing to support all of our equestrian events in the Green Glens Arena, including this prestigious leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™.”

Dressage gets underway for the Millstreet Nations Cup next Thursday with Cross Country on Saturday and the deciding show-jumping phase from lunchtime on Sunday.

Photo: Jane Davis, Connolly’s RED MILLS congratulates Capt. Geoff Curran – winner of the Millstreet Masters during the 2017 International Horse Show.