Long-time Irish team horse Mo Chroi has been retired from showjumping on a winning note after taking out the the Speed Championships at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show on Sunday.
It was a fitting farewell for the famous 17 year-old Irish Sport Horse mare, who was ridden to the win by the Army Equitation School’s Capt. Michael Kelly. Irish riders claimed the top five places.
Ireland’s show jumping manager Robert Splaine said after the competition: “Mo Chroi has made a great contribution to the Irish team over the years and it is appropriate that she should go out with a win like this.
“She has carried several Army riders to victory over the years, both in Nations’ Cups and Grands Prix, and it is a tribute to the Equitation School that they kept her and produced her so well for so many years. Mo Chroi is a typical example of a great Irish horse.”
Mo Chroi is by Cruising and from Into The Blue (ISH), by Mister Lord (TB). She was bred by Claire McDonnell, in Co. Wicklow.
Dermott Lennon took second place on another Irish Sport Horse, Loughview Lou Lou, coming home just over half a second slower than the Army combination.