Irish equestrians are continuing their winning run, with Bandon based Trish Ryan recording another decisive victory in the Open Intermediate class at the Floors Castle Horse Trials in Roxburghshire, Scotland, last weekend.
The competition in Kelso from May 16 to 18 attracted some of the biggest names in eventing.
Riding Carol and Tom Henry’s Tullineaskey Hi Ho, Ryan took home “The Murphy Himself Trophy” which no doubt will occupy a special place in the Donegan Ryan eventing team’s trophy cabinet. This is the second major achievement for the team with Mike Ryan being awarded a coveted Armada dish from Badminton Horse Trials earlier in the month.
Tullineaskey Hi Ho is an Irish Sport horse by Ard Ohio. The gelding has recorded a series of good results under Ryan, which includes the runner-up spot in Ballindenisk International CIC 3* and Kilguilkey Horse International CIC2*.
“It was a great result for the team and for our owners Carol and Tom Henry. Hi Ho is a horse with a lot of scope,” Ryan said.
“He has been going extremely well. As a team we put a lot of work in during the winter and it is now paying off. I am looking forward to Tattersall’s International in a few weeks and hopefully myself and my husband Mike can record a few more wins.”
The success of Irish horses and riders has been in the news in recent days, with Paulank Brockagh winning the Badminton Horse Trials with Australian rider Sam Griffith, and Britain’s winning Nations Cup showjumping team in Denmark earlier this month were all riding Irish-bred horses.
Also at Floor Castle, Irish rider Elizabeth Power riding Zazoe, was narrowly beaten in a CIC* class by Britain’s Oliver Townend riding the Irish-bred Cooley SRS, who is by the Holsteiner Ramiro B.
The other CIC* was won by French rider Arthur Duffort and the British bred Moelfryn Sovering Boy.