Nov 16 2019

Host cities for the FEI World Championships 2022 were allocated today by the FEI Board at its in-person meeting in the Russian capital Moscow.

Regrettably, the Irish bid to host the 2022 Eventing World Championships in Millstreet proved unsuccessful with Pratoni del Vivaro (ITA) being announced as the venue for the FEI World Championships for Eventing and Driving in September 2022.

Speaking after the announcement, Thomas Duggan said:

Understandably, we are disappointed that we have not been chosen as the host venue for the FEI 2022 World Eventing Championships.
We were aware from the outset that multi-discipline bids were the preferred option by FEI and we invested ourselves heavily in the Championship bid process; putting the best possible bid forward for Ireland. I want to thank all the stakeholders in the process for their help and support since February this year. We have learned a multitude throughout the bid and selection process and look forward to putting this experience to use on future occasions. The Duggan Family and the Millstreet Team remain ready and willing to co-operate with FEI in the future to showcase and stage equestrian sport at the highest level. We look forward to the 2022 Championships and wish FEI and the chosen venues every success.

FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said:

We received some truly excellent bids and unfortunately we don’t have enough FEI World Championships to allocate to everyone, but we very much hope that these excellent organisers will bid again in the future to host championships at their venues.

ENDS

Aug 25 2019

Saturday has seen 8 hours of thrilling cross country action at Drishane Castle at the Millstreet International Horse Trials.

The Event Rider Masters class was won by Lucy Jackson (NZL) by just one second, one second! from local hero Sam Watson (IRL).  Lucy won a cool €18k prize and was very much looking forward to spending some of her winnings in the bar this afternoon.  The timing of the win was perfect with Lucy admitting to having just £9 in her bank account this morning. (more…)

Statement from the Organisers of the Millstreet International Horse Trials

It is with great sadness that we announce that AMAZING (312), ridden by Flora Harris (GBR) had to be euthanised following a catastrophic injury at fence 16C while competing at the Millstreet International Horse Trials on Saturday 24th August 2019 in the CCI4*S.

AMAZING a 15 year old mare, owned by Caroline Harris had jumped clear to this point on the course. The rider was uninjured in the incident.

The Duggan Family together with the Organising Committee extend their deepest sympathy to the connections of Amazing and Flora Harris.

Saturday, 24 August 2019 at 2010.

Aug 23 2019

Gallivan Murphy Hooper Dolan CCI2*-S · Section A
Greenvale Altered Image Izzy HALL (GBR) won the section today after a clear round inside the time over Mike Etherington Smiths excellent XC at Drishane Castle. Izzy (15) from Buckingham is at school in Oxford and takes her GCSEs next year.  She said

It’s my first trip abroad and it is quite a shock to win.

A clear round inside the time saw Daisy Proctor and Carsonstown Athena finish 2nd having risen from 9th after the dressage phase. Irish rider Padraig Flanagan finished 3rd. (more…)

Aug 23 2019

Gallivan Murphy Hooper Dolan CCI2*-S · Section A
Greenvale Altered Image Izzy HALL (GBR) leads the section after the dressage and show jumping phases today in the stunning Green Glens Arena.
Woodlander Wesuvio John Paul SHEFFIELD (GBR) is in 2nd place
Dressage leader Cappog Tomy ridden by Cathal DANIELS (IRL) had one fence downs and now sits in 3rd place.
The show jumping was influential with only 11 clears from the 44 competitors.
Ellie Fredericks (GBR)  is competing abroad for the first time and is really looking forward to getting out on the XC tomorrow.  Ellie said:

It is a big atmosphere here and the facilities are great.  It is a huge main arena! “

She said the course looks fun to ride and she thinks the Donagh Hickey Motors Flynns Folly and the Pat Lyons Electrical Stick pile are the fences she is thinking about most. Ellie is hoping to ride full time when she leaves school and run a business with her mother, former Team GBR rider Lucinda. Ellie came home early from a trip to the USA to ride here.

Gallivan Murphy Hooper Dolan CCI2*-S · Section B
Fiveberry (Padraig MCCARTHY (IRL)) heads this section on a score of 30.3. Padraig said:

I brought 5 horses with me this time, including my new ride Leonidas II. I had 3 horses doing both long and short 2* today and very pleased to be leading the short 2* heading into tomorrow’s XC on Liz Scott’s Fiveberry. I had a walk around the course earlier and I was very pleased to see the ground drying out well. Courses look great, which we expect at Millstreet.  I’m  looking forward to the rest of the week and especially to having my first trip on “Leo” in the 4*S. We don’t know each other so well yet, so I’m hoping we will have a good trip around!

Hikita John Paul SHEFFIELD (GBR) is 2nd and 3rd is Handsome Sophie BYFORD (GBR)

Donagh Hickey Motors CCI2*-L
Swedish rider Ludwig SVENNERSTÅL heads the section on a score of 24.8.

The Equine Warehouse CCI2*-S for Ponies
Jaymee SAVILL (GBR) is in 1st and 3rd.   Leading Irish rider at this stage is Holly LOVE in 4th.
The XC phase for these section will on Friday.

The action tonight moves to the indoor arena for the Irish Sport Horse classes. International Rider Jonelle Price (NZL) and world renowned Wicklow-based horse dealer Richard Sheane judging the 4 year old class while WEG 2018 Silver medallist Padraig McCarthy and New Zealand visitor Jesse Campbell will assess the five year-olds that come forward.

Friday sees a full day of action both at Green Glens Arena and Drishane Castle.
Full results and times can be found here https://www.rechenstelle.de/en/agenda/2019/millstreet/

Aug 21 2019

The lorry park has been filling up all day and most competitors have now arrived.  Rush hour in Millstreet today was a steady stream of lorries through the town having travelled over on the ferry from the UK.

Wednesday saw the competition proper start with the Donagh Hickey Motors CCI 2* L trot up.   41 Competitors presented their horses to the Ground Jury of  Andrew Bennie (NZL), Vanda Stewart (IRL) and Jane Tolley (GBR).  Sadly Harry Finch (GBR) withdrew before the trot up  and Adam Haugh’s (IRL) Ballybolger Lionman was spun.  The dressage for this class will start at 0800 on Thursday.  Twins Ben and Neil Taylor will compete three horses between them in this class. Live-streaming of the show-jumping action from the CCI2*S classes will be available on ClipMyHorse.tv tomorrow while Swiat Koni will also be producing coverage of the Cross Country action on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Competitors were able to walk the courses at Drishane Castle for the first time and Mike Etherington’s courses look superb.

All the start lists and results for the week can be found here
https://www.rechenstelle.de/en/agenda/2019/millstreet/