Tipperary rider Greg Broderick has been named Irish National Show Jumping Champion after topping the Premier Series league table after the final round in Co Kildare at the weekend.
Victories in the eight round, €80,000 series at Cork and Tattersalls, along with runner-up finishes at Balmoral and in the concluding round at Coilog, saw the Thurles native comfortably top the Premiere Series league table, for which the winner is awarded the title of Irish National Champion.
Broderick’s title-clinching second place finish at Coilog in Kildare came aboard the Elizabeth Forte owned eight-year-old mare Javas Keltic Mist (ISH), while in further boost, another of Broderick’s string of horses, the Irish Sport Horse MHS Going Global who is owned by Caledonia Stables, was named leading horse of the Premier Series following two wins and a second place finish for the eight year-old gelding.
“I am absolutely delighted to be named Irish National Champion”, Broderick said. “I have to pay tribute to the incredible owners of these wonderful horses that I am lucky enough to ride and also to all the team at Ballypatrick Stables who work so hard behind the scenes to make this possible.”
Broderick was crowned National Grand Prix champion in 2012 and 2013 and also won the World Championship for five-year-old horses last year with Arraghbeg Clover.
In August, Greg Broderick completed an incredible hat-trick by winning all three Horse Sport Ireland young horse championships at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show.
• Fellow Tipperary showjumper Kevin Babington led the Irish charge at the four-star Hampton Classic in the US over the weekend, winning the €62,000 World Cup Grand Prix on Sunday night.
Babington, riding the nine year-old mare Shorapur, showed a clean pair of heels to the USA’s Brianne Goutal and Nice de Prissey, the only other combination to go clear in the four horse jump-off.
Third place in the Grand Prix went to Kilkenny’s Richie Moloney and Freestyle de Muze, who had one fence down in the final round.
Meanwhile Offaly’s Darragh Kenny and Picolo walked away with Saturday’s Longines Cup, accompanied by Babington and the Irish Sport Horse Mark Q in fourth place and Limerick’s Paul O’Shea in fifth aboard Skara Glen’s Sienna. Richie Moloney also took sixth place with Carrabis Z, which helped him win the show’s $US30,000 Longines Rider Challenge Final on 300 points. Darragh Kenny was second in the table on 200 points.
Moloney also took fourth place in Friday’s Grand Prix Qualifier with a double clear round on Freestyle de Muze, just ahead of Cork’s Shane Sweetnam and Venturo 9 in fifth, and just behind Tyrone’s Ronan McGuigan and Capall Zidane in third. The Qualifier was won by the USA’s Molly Ashe-Cawley and Carissimo.