The U.S. had a very solid weekend abroad at Ireland’s Millstreet International Horse Trials. Of the six pairs contesting the four-star divisions, all six walked away with nary a jump fault deducted — well-played!
Yesterday we reported on the results of the CCI4*-S, which saw Liz Halliday-Sharp finish two horses in the top 10 — Cooley Quicksilver was 7th on a final score of 43.1, and Burghley-bound Deniro Z was 10th on 44.4 — and one more in the top 20, Carpe Diem IV, who was 2nd heading into cross country but picked up 24 time faults. The CCI4*-S was also contested by Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan, who finished 18th on a final score of 50.6. The pair scored a 34.6 in dressage, then turned in a clear show jumping round followed by a cross country performance with 16 time faults.
Today saw the conclusion of the Noel C. Duggan Engineering CCI4*-L, and heading into show jumping both Americans in the division were very much in the hunt. Caroline Martin and Islandwood Captain Jack, who added 0.4 cross country time faults to their dressage score of 37.5, were in 5th; Will Faudree and Pfun, who scored a 38.8 in dressage then posted a clear cross country round with no time, sat 7th. Both pairs jumped clear show jumping rounds inside the time to move up into 3rd and 5th final placements respectively.
Lawton Chloe, ridden by Australia’s Chris Burton, won the section after jumping an immaculate clear round. In 2nd was Ryuzo Kitajima of Japan and Cekatinka JRA, who finished 8th with Tim Price at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon.
What a weekend! A huge thank you to Liz Halliday for riding James since Aachen. I’m so lucky to be able to go away and not sit on him for a month and he feels better than I left! Couldn’t of done it without you❤️. Thanks Casey McKissock and Eric Duvander for all the coaching this weekend! Good boy James !!
Posted by Caroline Martin on Sunday, August 25, 2019
Will shared on Facebook: “What a week at Millstreet! Pfun was amazing all weekend. Finishing on his dressage score to sit 5th. A HUGE thank you to his amazing mom Jennifer Mosing for letting him come “home” to compete and show Ireland what a star he is. We could not do it without our entire team at home and on the road. Thank you all so much for believing in us. We will see you soon!”
CCI4*-L Final Top 10:
Meanwhile the final section of cross country for the Eventing Ireland CCI3*-S wrapped up, with Australia’s Kevin McNab and Fernhill Tabasco taking the win. A fast clear round saw him finish ahead of Great Britain’s Millie Dumas, and Daniel Brown was the top Irish rider in 3rd. Kevin also finished 4th for good measure; Kevin has won more vital points to maintain his position at the head of the leaderboard for the €10k Horse Sport Ireland Eventing Challenge 2019, with the final standings to be decided at Ballindenisk International Horse Trials in late September.
CCI3*-S Final Top 10:
Georgia Bartlett and Spano De Nazca won the Horse Sport Ireland CCI3*-L after jumping a great clear round this morning in the Green Glens Arena.
Georgia, aged 19, got her week in Millstreet off to a winning start when she picked up one of the best turned out combination awards at the First Horse Inspection, sponsored by Connolly’s RED MILLS. Two-time Junior European Eventing medalist, she is based in Newbury, Berkshire. The clear round over the James Tarrant designed showjumping track saw Georgia rise from 5th to the top of the podium.
Overnight leader Harry Meade (GBR) rolled two poles to finish 3rd. One fence down on his 2nd place horse was enough for him to maintain that position. Michael McNally finished best of the Irish challengers in 4th overall.
As the last of over 300 horse boxes exited the Green Glens Arena on Sunday evening, Event Director Thomas Duggan was grateful to all those that pulled together to make the event happen:
“On Tuesday morning we asked for the co-operation and support of those coming to Millstreet and everybody delivered. Our crew on the ground, led by Mike Etherington-Smith pulled out all the stops to ensure that the event went ahead as planned and we have experienced world-class competition at every level.
“The Event Rider Masters brought a new dimension to eventing in Millstreet and engaged viewers and supporters of the sport around the world. We are extremely grateful to all the owners, riders, grooms, officials, volunteers and supporters that played their part during the past five days and are already looking forward to 2020 when hopefully we will enjoy more favorable weather conditions.”