British based New Zealand rider Tim Price and Wesko took out the George Mernagh Memorial CIC*** at the weekend’s Ireland’s Tattersalls International Horse Trials.
Price and the 11-year-old Dutch warmblood Wesko bested overnight leader Millie Dumas and Artistiek, who had six time faults in the final phase. In third place was last year’s winner, Australia’s Bill Levett and Improvise. Britain’s Nicola Wilson was next on Opposition Buzz, with New Zealand’s Lucy Jackson fifth on Bosun.
Price and Wesko were always in the hunt, being second since the dressage phase, and went on to win despite a dropped jumping rail.
The competition was named for the late George Mernagh, former managing director of Tattersalls Ireland, who died in 2011 at the age of 56.
Tattersalls Ireland Managing Director Roger Casey said the event had been a success, and spoke of the enduring legacy of Mernagh.
“Today, on his birthday, I sincerely believe that we have honoured that legacy,” Casey said yesterday.
He said the attendance of more than 23,000 spectators “is testament to its appeal as a sporting event of real significance and as an established attraction to the wider public”.
“There is a real sense that the event has taken another giant stride forward this year in terms of its quality and quantity of entries and its overall position in the annual international sporting and social calendar,” Casey said.
British rider Izzy Taylor and Allercombe Ellie held onto their cross-country lead to win the Irish Field Trophy for the CCI***.
Taylor finished on her dressage score of 41.0 to head off fellow Brit Louise Harwood and the Irish Sport Horse Whitson (46.6), with a clear round for Ireland’s Sarah Ennis and Stellor Rebound (47.4) moving them up to third. Another clear from Ciaran Glynn and Irish Sport Horse Killossery Jupiter Rising, giving Ireland fourth place.
Only six combinations managed clear rounds on the Tattersalls three-star show jumping course.
British riders scopped the pool in the CCI2*, but a dropped jumping rail put leader Piggy French and Seapatrick Dark Cruise into third place, behind the winner, Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook, and second-placed William Fox-Pitt with Luxury FH. Australia’s Paul Tapner finished fourth on Bonza King of Rouges, with Tattersall’s second mount, Dinky Inky, fifth.
Tattersalls Ireland Managing Director Roger Casey expressed the company’s gratitude toward the “tireless volunteers and officials, supportive owners and competitors, and to all those that provide financial support – Horse Sport Ireland, The Irish Sports Council and our generous class and fence sponsors. We will now start to consider how we can improve the event further in 2015 in what will be its 10th year.”
The Irish Field CCI***
1 Izzy Taylor (GB) Allercombe Ellie
2 Louise Harwood (GB) Whitson
3 Sarah Ennis (IRE) Stellor Rebound
George Mernagh Memorial CIC***
1 Tim Price (NZ) Wesko
2 Millie Dumas (GB) Artistiek
3 Bill Levett (AUS) Improvise