A double clear performance earned Joseph Murphy and Westwinds Hercules the Pegus Horse Feed CIC** title at Ireland’s Kilguilkey House International Horse Trials in Cork at the weekend.
Now in its second year, the event received great feedback from riders, visitors and officials alike.
Following the withdrawal of overnight leader Luke Drea, Murphy skillfully negotiated the Eric Winter designed cross-country track with Alison Schmutz and Andrew Tinkler’s Ramiro B gelding to move up from fourth.
Patricia Ryan came close to keeping the CIC** title in Co. Cork for a second year, taking second place with Carol and Tom Henry’s Dunrath Eclipse which meant the Dan Coleman Perpetual Trophy for the Highest Placed Munster Rider remains in the Donegan-Ryan household for another year.
Ryan also claimed fourth place with Tullineaskey Hi Ho, finishing on their dressage score of 45.6. This was the second major result for this combination, having taken the honours in at Floors Castle in May. Ryan was also eighth with Ballylynch HP.
“All the horses are going great and the results of our hard work during the winter are evident now,” Ryan said.
“We did a lot of work in all three disciplines and I feel that my horses have really moved up a gear and that they will be ready for bigger events in the future. In this sport, you can’t rush the horses and to do it right, it takes time and supportive owners. Both myself and (husband) Mike are looking ahead to the future and we are confident that we have an excellent team of horses that will deliver results at the very highest level”.
Felicity Ward’s short journey to the event proved worthwhile when she took third place with The Illusionist.
In the Fernhill Sport Horses CIC* competition, former pony eventing medalist Lucy Latta recorded her first CIC* win with Jessica Harrington’s Jantar. The leaderboard remained relatively unchanged after dressage and showjumping with Fraser Duffy finishing the weekend in second position with Fernhill Nearly Darc while Camilla Speirs took third and fourth place ahead with BT Cloud Nine and BT Pickapocket.
Competition at Kilguilkey was particularly important for those vying to impress the team selectors for the 2014 FEI European Championships for Ponies.
The CNCP** was won by Emma Kennedy with Laburnum Ineer, finishing ahead of Jessica Kuehnle and Lucy Hancock. With the Championships taking place in Millstreet in five weeks time, all eyes will now be on team selector Polly Houlihan, who is expected to announce her team in the coming week. Hannah Adams and Toberpatrick Flash took home the hydeequine.com CNCP1* Championship title which ran concurrently with the event.