Well done to all the prizewinners at the Mervue Equine LST’s at
On Sunday the series traveled to Kilkenny to Ballyfoyle Agriculture Show. Leading the victory lap in the 1.35m section was Dylan Savage when he lodged the winning round in a four way jump-off of four faults in 55.97. Owned by Castlefield Breeding Farm, the seven-year-old mare was bred by CDM GMBH and is by Mosito VH Hellehof and is out of the For Pleasure sired dam, Excellentia De Muze.
Winners of the round in Ballivor, Mark Cleary and the Michael Hayden owned eight-year-old Primo Aliboo Blue ABF, slotted into second when they finished on eight faults in a time of 52.34. Aoife Dooley also had two on the ground with Cavalier Teaca, but in the slower time of 59.84 for third. Mark Cleary returned to take fourth place with the eight-year-old CBI Kylemores Cornet when he finished on his first round score of clear in 112.93. Local rider Alice Moloney slotted into fifth, when she was fastest of the four faulters in the first round with Castlefiled Cass in 97.68. Winner of the Gain Alltech Grand Prix in Ballivor, Ger O’ Neill and Mr Castlefield added to their record, claiming sixth place when they finished on four faults in 104.26.
Winner of the 1.20m section was Barry Griffin when he crossed the line with nothing to add with his own SBH Diamond In The Rough, in a time of 50.50. This combination had previously claimed third place in the round at Ballivor. Bred by John Kearney the nine-year-old mare is by Diamond Roller and is out of Zalsa. A real contender in this league, amateur rider added more points to the board when she took second place with Scarthill Vendi, clear in 51.70. Vickie Anderson and Zach are no strangers to this type of pressure and they answered all the questions in 52.75 for third. Dylan Savage was back in the line-up, this time taking fourth with Mister Qerly Z (7 yo), when he came home clear in 54.26. Similarly Mark Cleary returned to take fifth place with Primo Bolensky (6 yo), clear in 58.07, while in sixth was Paul Sarsfield and his own Drumgoole Lass (6yo), clear in 63.46.
The 1.10m attracted the largest entry with 44 going to post for the prize fund of €1,200 and the J Hogan Trophy. The win stayed local as Ger O’ Neill partnered the KM Sport Horses owned five-year-old, Ballinaguilkey Special Star to a clear in 47.22. Bred by John and Barbara Walsh, the gelding is by Big Star and out of Cavallier Milly. Marie Hartley added to her points when she took second place with Nikita Van Het Heidenhof when she came home clear in 48.17. Fellow amateur rider Gary Flynn and Argento Cruise, took third when clear in 48.21, ahead of Ger O’ Neill and Ballyshan BF Super Hero (5yo), clear in 48.92. A clear from Emma Carton and Morning Mist (7yo) in 51.91 saw her take fifth, while in sixth was Brid Ryan and Ringmeen OBOS, clear in 54.31.