Ireland’s renowned horse breeding industry will be in its element at this year’s Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, with more than 20% of horses entered bred in Ireland.
The Irish Horse Gateway will also be there to promote the global success of Irish bred and produced event horses.
The event starts on April 28 and runs to May 1.
The Gateway, an initiative of Horse Sport Ireland, aims to be the first point of contact for overseas clients seeking information on sourcing Irish horses and ponies for equestrian sport and leisure.
Elaine Hatton, Horse Sport Ireland’s Director of International Marketing, said the focus for the Irish Horse Gateway at RK3DE would be to help North American buyers to come to Ireland to source their next eventer.
“Irish horses are leading the way for international eventing. Their longevity, bravery, rideability and willing temperament are just some of the reasons why Irish horses are so popular,” Hatton said.
“Credit must be given to the breeders and producers of these horses who have done an incredible job and who have played an integral part in getting them to the highest level in their sport.”
Some 21 Irish bred horses have been entered for RK3DE, including two bred by Thomas Hughes in Kilkenny from the same mother, Flown, by Imperius. Both will be ridden by US riders, HHS Cooley (2004 by Clover Echo) with Liz Halliday-Sharp, and Sir Donovan (2002 by VDL Arkansas), ridden by Philippa Humphreys.
The Irish Horse Gateway will also attend the Badminton International Horse Trials the week after Kentucky.
Irish-bred entries for Rolex CCI4* 2016 (alphabetical by rider):
Luckaun Quality (ISH) – 2005 gelding by OBOS Quality (OLD) out of Colwyn Bay (ISH) by Cavalier Royale (HOLST) Breeder: Ronan Sheehan (Laois). Rider: Timothy Bourke (IRL)
Super Socks BCF – 2006 gelding. Rider: Matthew Brown (USA)
Courage Under Fire (ISH) – 2003 mare by Courage II (HOLST) out of Seaview Comfort (ISH) by Ballygarrett Glen (TB). Breeder: Mairead Byrne (Wicklow). Rider: Katherine Coleman (USA)
OBOS O’Reilly (ISH) – 2003 gelding by OBOS Quality 004 (OLD) out of Omard Clover Queen. (ISH)(TIH) by Clover Hill (ID). Breeder: Brian O’Reilly (Cavan). Rider: William Coleman (USA)
Ringwood Magister (ISH)(TIH) – 2001 gelding by Master Imp (TB) out of Cloonkeen View. (ISH)(TIH) by Carrabawn View (ID). Breeder: Adrian P Bourke (Mayo). Rider: Tiana Coudray (USA)
Park Trader (ISH)(TIH) – 2002 gelding by Master Imp (TB) out of Ballyhast Polly (ISH) by Highland King (ISH). Breeder: Christopher Bailey (Wexford). Rider: Bruce Davidson Jnr. (USA)
Copper Beach – 2006 gelding by Radolin (KWPN). Rider: Bruce Davidson Jnr. (USA)
Ballynoecastle RM (ISH) – 2000 gelding by Ramiro B (BWP) out of Ballyvallon Natalie (ISH) by Blue Laser (TB). Breeder: Sylvester Cullen (Wexford). Rider: Bruce Davidson Jnr. (USA)
Fernhill Fugitive (ISH) – 2005 gelding by Lux Z (HANN) out of Barnadown Ramiro (ISH) by Ramiro B (BWP). Breeder: Maurice Cousins (Wexford). Rider: Phillip Dutton (USA
Mighty Nice (ISH) – 2004 gelding by Ard Ohio (KWPN) out of Sarazen (ISH). Breeder: William Kells (Cavan). Rider: Phillip Dutton (USA)
HHS Cooley (ISH) – 2004 gelding by Clover Echo (ISH) out of Flown (ISH) by Imperius (TB). Breeder: Thomas Hughes (Kilkenny). Rider: Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp (USA)
Fernhill By Night (ISH) – 2003 gelding by Radolin (KWPN) out of Argentina XII (OLD) by Argentinus (HANN). Breeder: Etter Sports Horses Ltd (Offaly). Rider: Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp (USA)
LCC Barnaby (ISH) – 2006 gelding by Guy Cavalier (ISH) out of Lady Tanjour (ISH) by Rafael (KWPN) .Breeder: Martin Collins (Meath). Rider: Lillian Heard (USA)
Share Option. – 2002 gelding. Rider: Lillian Heard (USA)
Sir Donovan (ISH) – 2002 gelding by VDL Arkansas (KWPN) out of Flown (ISH) by Imperius (TB). Breeder: Thomas Hughes (Kilkenny). Rider: Philippa Humphreys (USA)
Master Frisky (ISH)(TIH) – 2004 gelding by Master Imp (TB) out of Frisky Legs (ISH) by Coopers Hill (ID). Breeder: Sean Power (Kilkenny). Rider: Boyd Martin (USA)
Delux Z (ISH) – 2005 gelding by Lux Z (HANN) out of Drumin Imp (ISH) by Master Imp (TB). Breeder: Tom Finn (Carlow). Rider: Kurt A Martin (USA)
Clip Clop (ISH)(TIH) – 2003 gelding by Crosstown Dancer (ID) out of Terrific Star (TB) by Wolverlife (TB). Breeder: Sandra Byrne (Dublin). Rider: Joe Meyer (NZL)
Bango (ISH) – 2006 gelding by Garrison Royal (ISH) out of No Sale (ISH) by Don Tristan (TB). Breeder: James Foley (Wexford). Rider: Tim Price (NZL)
Ballylaffin Bracken (ISH) – 2000 gelding by Ricardo Z (ZANG) out of Ballylaffin Florence (WNTR) by Hildenley (TB). Breeder: Catherine Long (Tipperary). Rider: Kristin Schmolze (USA)
Fernhill Fearless – 2000 gelding by Mark Twain (TB). Rider: Ryan Wood (USA)