Showjumping burst into Ireland’s city scene yesterday with the first of the country’s exciting new “Jumping In The City” series in Limerick.
Held at the city’s Greyhound Stadium on Friday night, a big crowd of spectators watched three competitions sponsored by The Underwriting Exchange Limited – a speed class, a grand prix, and a puissance event.
The opening contest, the West Wood Ifor Williams Amateur Speed Class was won by Aileen McDermott from Co Westmeath riding the Irish Sport Horse Kilcor Amber. Kilcor Amber is a 14 year-old chestut mare bred by Timothy O’Connor, by Don Juan de la Bouverie (SBS), and out of Vein Princess (ISH), by Rhett Butler (TB).
Sligo’s Dean Rogan won The Underwriting Exchange Limited Grand Prix, riding 10-year old Belgian warmblood gelding Falco Van Spieveld to victory over John McLaughlon on Java’s Wild Child and Captain Michael Kelly on Drumiller Lough.
Falco Van Spieveld is owned by LSF Showjumpers Limited and was bred by Andre Vercauteren. He is by Toulon out of Melissa, by LYS De Darmen.
The much-anticipated Devenish Puissance was taken out by Liam O’Meara and Cisero, the only combination to clear the wall at its final height of two metres. William McDonnell and Castlecomer Q were second after missing the final height, with Sven Hadley and Bellscross Cruisedown third.
O’Meara’s winning horse Cisero is a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse, by Errigal Flight and from the Ballinvella mare Bellfield Lady. He was bred by Patrick Coonan.
The series moves on to Cork next Friday, (June 12, where Olympic Bronze medallist Cian O’Connor and Cork’s Billy Twomey have been confirmed as entries. Twomey will ride his 17-year-old mare Tinka’s Serenade, with whom he competed at the London 2012 Olympic Games. It is believed that Twomey also intends to tackle the Puissance on the night.
O’Connor will ride Quidam’s Cherie, the 10-year-old mare on whom he has jumped several Nations’ Cups for Ireland. Also joining the start list will be Tipperary’s Greg Broderick, fresh from his Nations’ Cup double clear at St Gallen. They will join former world champion Dermott Lennon and the Irish Sport Horse Loughview Lou Lou in the star-studded line-up.
The final event in the Jumping In The City series is at Shelbourne Park stadium in Dublin on June 26.
The Underwriting Exchange Limited Grand Prix
1. Dean Rogan / Falco Van Spieveld 0/0 46.48
2. John McLaughlin / Javas Wild Child (ISH) 0/0 47.45
3. Capt Michael Kelly / Drumiller Lough (ISH) 0/0 49.47
West Wood Ifor Williams Amateur Speed Class
1. Aileen McDermott / Kilcor Amber (ISH) – 57.28
2. Andrew Byrne / Hunters Lodge Puissance (ISH) – 61.62
3. Chantal Kiely/ Flogas Wodonja G – 63.46
4. Paul Carroll / Castleroche L Roche – 64.06
5. Aoife McGuire / Mane Attraction – 67.84
6. Pat Murphy / Tou Two Babe – 68.67
The Devenish Puissance
1. Liam O’Meara/Cisero 0/0/0/0
2. William McDonnell/Castlecomer Q 0/0/0/4
3. Sven Hadley/Bellscross Cruisedown 0/0/4