Famous names – horse and human – in Irish horse sport were recognised this week at Horse Sport Ireland’s Breeders Awards, with a top award going to the breeders of current World Cup Jumping champion Flexible.
The HSI 2012 Breeders Awards took place on Tuesday at the Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey, Co. Wexford. The Breeders Awards, which were held following the Irish Horse Board Co-Op AGM, highlighted the best of Irish breeding and honoured the breeders of top class Irish Sport Horses and Irish Draught Horses.
Catherine and Edward Doyle, breeders of the Irish Sport Horse stallion Flexible (ISH), were awarded ‘Breeder of the Top International Showjumping Horse’. Flexible, ridden by US rider Rich Fellers, has had an incredible year in 2012, winning the Rolex FEI Showjumping World Cup at the age of 16 years and finishing in fifth place in the WBFSH World Rankings for showjumping horses.
The award for Breeder of the Top International Eventing Horse was awarded posthumously to the late Dr Donal Geaney, Castleisland, Co. Kerry, breeder of Irish Sport Horse gelding Mr Medicott. Mr Medicott, ridden by Karen O’Connor (USA), recorded top 5 finishes in all three of his international outings this year and ranked 1st in the WBFSH 2012 eventing rankings.
The 2012 Outstanding Contribution Award was awarded posthumously to Ms Iris Kellett. Iris Kellett had a tremendous influence on Irish equestrianism. She became a household name in 1949 when she won the Princess Elizabeth Cup at White City, London. Twenty years later she went on to win the Championship of Europe. Following her competitive career Kellett devoted herself to teaching equestrianism. In sharing her expertise in horse breeding, production, training and competition Irish was an inspiration to generations of Irish breeders riders. She died in March 2011 at the age of 85.
“Irish Sport Horses have achieved some outstanding results in 2012 including top performances at the London Olympic Games, a win at the Rolex FEI Showjumping World Cup and reclaiming 1st place in the WBFSH studbook eventing rankings,” said Alison Corbally, HSI’s Director of Breeding and Programmes.
“The HSI Breeders Awards are a great opportunity to acknowledge the breeders of these outstanding horses who are contributing so much to Irish Sport Horse breeding.”
A total of 13 awards were presented at the HSI Breeders Awards.
2012 HSI Breeders Awards Recipients:
Outstanding Contribution Award: Ms Iris Kellett.
Breeder of the Top International Event Horse: The late Dr Donal Geaney, Castleisland, Co. Kerry, breeder of Mr Medicott (ISH) - 1999 chestnut gelding by Cruising (ISH) out of Slieveluachra (ISH), by Edmund Burke (TB).
Breeder of the Top International Showjumper: Catherine Doyle & Edward Doyle, Naas, Co. Kildare, breeder of Flexible(ISH) - 1996 stallion by Cruising (ISH) out of Flex (ISH) by Safari (TB).
Greatest Support of Irish Sport Horses: Ms Claire Ryan, Cahir, Co. Tipperary.
Breeder of Irish Sport Horse that contributed most to the Irish Senior Event Team: Michael Doyle, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, breeder of Master Crusoe (ISH) - 2001 bay gelding by Master Imp (TB) out of Slaney Cruise Diamond (ISH), by Cruising (ISH).
Breeder of Irish Sport Horse that contributed most to the Irish Showjumping Team: Comdt John Ledingham, Bective, Co. Meath, breeder of Lisona (ISH) – 2001 bay mare by O.B.O.S. Quality 004 (OLD) out of Clady (ISH), by Porsch (BWP).
Breeder of Irish Sport Horse that contributed most in The FEI Nations Cup League Series: Pat Nihill, O’Briens Bridge, Co. Clare, breeder of Castlefield Eclipse (ISH) - 1996 bay mare by OBOS Quality (OLD) out of Furisto Clover Hill by Furisto (HANN).
Breeder of Highest Placed ISH at the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses, Lanaken: Thomas O’Brien, Athenry, Co. Galway, breeder of Codarco (ISH) - 2007 bay stallion by Darco (BWP) out of Vereedom G (KWPN) by Orame (KWPN).
Breeder of Top Irish Sport Horse Showing Mare: The late Michael Roche, Foulksmills, Co. Wexford breeder of Assagart Saviour (ISH) – 2002 mare by Flagmount King (ID C1) out of Assagart Kitty (ISH).
Breeder of Top Irish Draught Showing Mare: Raymond Sloyan, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo., breeder of Elm View (RID) - 2007 chestnut mare by elm Hill (ID C1) out of Morning Glow (ID) by Sir Rivie (ID C1).
Breeder of medal winning Irish Sport Horse at Paralympics: Yana Verling, Enniskeane, Co. Cork, breeder of Mister Cool (ISH) - 1999 gelding by Coolcorron Cool Diamond (ISH) out of Admiral’s Lass (ISH).
Young Breeder Award: Iris Brazil, Kinnegad, Co. Westmeath.
Outstanding Irish groom at the WBFSH Young Horse Championships: Ashleigh Skillen.