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/

Aug 20 2019

After a bumper CSI2* Millstreet International Horse Show, the ground crew and team have worked tirelessly to transform the venue into eventing mode. The gates to the Green Glens Arena will open on time at 4 o’ clock this afternoon and we look forward to welcoming our first arrivals.

As we are all aware, the last few weeks have brought unprecedented levels of rainfall for this time of year to the British Isles and unfortunately, Millstreet is no exception to this. We are glad to say that parking, stabling, warm-up and dressage/show-jumping arenas are all fully-functioning and prepared for whatever lies ahead.

Cross Country ground conditions have been subject to ongoing examination in the lead-up to the event. As one would expect, the challenging rainfall levels have had their impact. Following a review meeting this morning, established contingency measures have been actioned to optimize the courses at each level. Thankfully the weather outlook from Thursday onwards is positive and we don’t expect the predicted rainfall tomorrow to adversely impact the above measures.

It’s been a testing few weeks for our sport however we are resolute in doing everything possible to deliver Millstreet International Horse Trials this weekend and will spare no resource in so doing. The co-operation of each and every competitor is essential and very much appreciated in enabling us to deliver the above.

We wish everybody a safe journey to Millstreet and a good sporting weekend.