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Irish horses and Irish riders made history in the final for 5-year-olds at the Longines FEI/WBFSH World Breeding Championships in show jumping at Lanaken today

The Irish riders ruled on the podium: Darragh Ryan, Richard Howley and Michael Pender.
d. 16-09-2018 - 12:09

A complete Irish podium at the finals of the World Championship for 5 year old horses in Lanaken today. Richard Howley and Uppercourt Cappucino already took the lead halfway through the jump-off with a time of 35.17 seconds. This Irish bred son of Pacino saw the light of day at Paul O'Byrne’s and may now be called nothing less than World Champion. The 22-year old Darragh Ryan was however the first to note a super fast time in the jump-off. He stopped the clock in 35.34 seconds with CSF Sir George and thus won silver. This son of Sir Shutterfly was bred by Shane Connolly. The barely 18-year old Michael Pender was the last to join the podium. He finished his jump-off in 35.75 seconds with HHS Vancouver earning him bronze. This Indoctro-son is bred by Marion Hughes, who was more than happy to collect her breeders bonus!

Piet Raijmakers Jr was the last rider in the jump-off and it looked like the Dutchman would perform a real stunt with his Zangersheide bred I'm Specialized Z… Unfortunately in the end, his chrono of 35.80 secondes, with the son of I’m Special de Muze bred by R. Das, just came 5 hundredths of a second to short for a place on the stage. The British Laura Robinson closed the top five. She finished her jump-off in 38.55 seconds with the OS-bred Millfield Colette (Cornet Obolensky - Breeder: Sue Jagger).

For Richard Howley it was his first World Championship, but the 26-year-old clearly had one goal: "I only took Uppercourt Cappucino to this World Championship. It’s a goal I’ve set at the beginning of the year, and I’m very pleased that all went according to plan,” says Howley, who won the CSIO5* Grand Prix of Gijon two weeks ago.

Darragh Ryan was already ninth in 2016 with Lackamore Storm. Back then, they had the last fence down in the jump-off. Also last year Ryan and Lackamore Storm were present in the finals, earning them a place in the jump-off once more… This year they qualified for the finals for the third year in a row and they are looking forward to their performance later on this day!
Also Michael Pender is becoming a regular customer for the stage in Lanaken... He already earned silver and bronze in the Finals for five-year-old horses in 2016!

The Irish chef d'équipe John Ledingham was more than satisfied with the result... “We get five starting places for the World Championship per age category via the Irish Studbook. Ofcourse these starting places are supplemented with riders who apply for a Wildcard themselves. We select these five horses over 8 competitions in Ireland, where the five-year-olds never jump against the clock. After these 8 selection competitions, the best 5-year-olds jump in Dublin on Saturday at the Irish Championship. Those who jump clear there qualify for Sunday. The number 1 and 2 of this final are automatically selected for the World Championship, while the other places are filled in based on FEI and SJI results, supplemented by other important competitions", Ledignham reveals about the secret of Irish success.


The winning horses and riders are:


Gold: Uppercourt Cappucino

Bay ISH Stallion

Sire: Pacino

Dam sire: Obos Quality

Breeder: Paul O'Byrne, Ireland

Owner: HK Horses, Ireland

Rider: Richard Howley, Ireland

Silver: Csf Sir George

Dark bay ISH gelding

Sire: Sir Shutterfly

Dam sire: Cavalier Royale

Breeder: Shane Conolly, Ireland

Owner: Molly Tracy, Ireland

Rider: Darragh Ryan, Ireland


Bronze: HHS Vancouver

Bay ISH stallion

Sire: Indoctro

Dam sire: Don Juan de la Bouverie

Breeder: Marion Hughes, Ireland

Owner: Bravo Hughes Ltd, Ireland

Rider: Michael Pender, Ireland


View the results HERE.


View the medal winners HERE.