Irish breeders are on a roll with five horse and rider combinations in the finals of the World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses, currently under way at Lanaken, Belgium.
A total of 37 countries are represented at the Championships this year where almost 650 5 year old, 6 year old and 7 year old horses compete for medals across the four days.
There were 193 combinations were entered in the 5 year old qualifiers, with only 43 qualifying for the final on Sunday. There were 262 entries in the 6 year old qualifiers and 193 in the 7 year old qualifiers with 40 in each of these age categories qualifying for the final.
Thomas O’Brien and the Darco (BWP) stallion Codarco (ISH) delivered a clear round both days to secure a place in Sunday’s 5 year old final, as did Greg Broderick on board Austin Broderick’s MHS Shamrock (ISH).
Broderick also guaranteed himself a spot in the 6 year old final with MHS Going Global (ISH) by Quidam Junior I (KWPN). John Floody and the 6 year old Bronson De Reve (ISH) and Gary Quinn with John Scally’s 7 year old Renolli (ISH) will also represent Ireland and the Irish Sport Horse Studbook on the last day of the show.
Earlier on Saturday, Declan Egan piloted Deirdre Bourns’ 6 year old mare Coco Chanelle (ISH) to a 4th place position in the Consolation Class. Joe Owens and grey stallion Lalique (ISH), bred by Harold McGahern were also placed 4th in the 5 year old class.
The Finals in all age categories will take place on Sundayand will begin at 10am with the 5 Year Old Final. The 6 year old and the 7 year old finals will follow and will commence at 1pm and 4pm respectively.