There was no better place to spend today than here – in the sun watching these amazing horses and riders take on the Ballindenisk Cross Country challenge!
Our first red rosette of the weekend will be making its way to Great Britain in the hands of Oliver Townend (GBR) thanks to a lovely cross country round from Fenyas Elegance (51.6) – we’re sure it won’t be his only rosette at this International! It couldn’t have been any closer though so congratulations also to Irelands Cathal Daniels (2nd, Sammy Davis Junior – 51.7) and Sarah Ennis (3rd, BLM Diamond Delux – 51.8).
New Zealand’s Jonathan Paget and Angus Blue held their nerve to retain the lead in this class overnight and they’ll have to hold it for a little longer as Great Britains Oliver Townend (Ulises – 43.7) and Michael Owen (The Highland Prince – 45.9) will do their best to snatch victory in the showjumping phase.
Great Britain’s Flora Harris went clear across the country on both of her CCI2 horses so remains in 1st and 2nd place with Monarts Masterpiece (41.5) and Billy Bandit (43.0). Ireland’s Alison Holden has jumped from 5th place into 3rd after a lovely clear cross country run today with O My Balladeer (45.7).
Time penalties were a factor in this class today so our 1,2,3 have swapped places but with less than a pole separating them tomorrow it’s still all to play for! Overnight, Ben Hobday (GBR) is in the lead (It’s Just Jazz – 43.3) and hot on his heels are Rosie Fry (GBR) with Arise Cavalier (43.9) and Ciaran Glynn with November Night (46.3).
No major changes to the leaderboard in this class with our top 3 after dressage all recording faultless rounds today. Less than a pole separates them so this will be another exciting finale! Overnight leader is Millie Dumas (GBR) with Fabian (44.5), 2nd is Oliver Townend (GBR) with Ececheira (46.3) and 3rd is Nicky Roncoroni (GBR) and Mullaghmeen (47.4).
An unfortunate stop in the Cross Country moved Sharon Hunt (GBR) down the leaderboard which has left the way clear for 3 Irish riders to battle it out tomorrow (we hope they’ll wish each other luck in the practice ring!). We wish all 3 the best of luck and can’t wait to watch the action unfold. Aidan Keogh (Castlehoward Ace) leads on a score of 47.0 with Camilla Speirs and LEB Lias Jewel in 2nd (47.7) and Michael Patrick (Ashraw High Flyer) on 49.3.
Well done to all of our pony riders today. We hope that these stars of tomorrow enjoyed their spin around the track today. Good luck to all of them in the showjumping. Overnight leader is Hannah Langan (Tinkas Gold) on 43.3, 2nd is Zara Nelson (Knockbordan Revelation) on 45.2 and 3rd is Robyn McCluskey (Creemully Melody) on 45.6.
ISH Studbook Young Horse CNC* 6YO Class
Luke Drea has led from the outset in this class with Gorsehill Horatio – he impressed the judge with a score of 32.3 in the dressage arena this morning and a clear round XC puts him in poll position overnight. Fraser Duffy will be chasing him twice however as he lies 2nd with Fernhill Exchange (34.1) and 3rd with Lismore Rock a Bill on 35.8.
Dressage for the remaining national Young Horse Championship classes gets underway at 8am and our International competitors must come before the Ground Jury in the Final Horse Inspection at 9am before showjumping starts at 10am.