5yo winner Uppercourt Cappucino with Richard Howley (IRL): Photo FEI/Willems

Irish eyes will certainly be smiling following the five-year-old showjumping finale at the WBFSH-FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Lanaken today. Not one, not two, but three Irishman on the podium with a trifecta of Irish-bred horses. Winner, Uppercourt Cappucino (Pacino [BWP] - Uppercourt Posh [ISH] x OBOS Quality [Oldbg]) has a mouthwatering pedigree that includes two great Selle Français stallions, being a paternal grandson of Diamant de Semilly, and a maternal great-grandson of Quick Star. A fabulous result for rider Richard Howley – but sad for the as yet 'unknown' breeder. The runner-up was gelding CSF Sir George (Sir Shutterfly - Norrira [ISH] x Cavalier Royale), bred by Shane Connolly and ridden by Darragh Ryan, ahead of another ISH stallion, HHS Vancouver (Indoctro - La Juanita [ISH] x Don Juan de la Bouverie), ridden by Michael Pender for breeder/owner Hughes Horse Stud. While Irish breeders may have gone 'foreign' for their sires, these three horses are all out of super Irish Sport Horse mares that are producing future generations of potential Grand Prix winners.