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Irish Sport Horses shine at eventing WBCYH in Le Lion

Cathal Daniels and LEB Empress (ISH), bred by Jo Breheny

By Alison Corbally / HSI
Photography: Irish Eventing Times

Irish Sport Horses recorded superb results at the FEI WBFSH World Breeding Championship for Young Eventing Horses, which took place behind closed doors over four days at Le Lion d’Angers, France.

The Irish Sport Horse Cooley Rosalent, bred by J.W. Rosbotham in Co Armagh and ridden by Oliver Townend (GBR), finished as runner-up in the six-year-old competition after they completed on their dressage score of 30.30.
Following the competition, we caught up with Lisa Rosbotham who said, “Dad is over the moon to have bred this horse. We always follow these championships and my sister Barbara’s horse has competed here the last two years, so this year it’s great for our pedigree to be runner up in the six-year-old championships. We are still breeding with this mare and we have full siblings ready to step up to the same standard. As breeders this gives us a huge sense of accomplishment and we are excited for the future of our breeding lines.”

Ardeo Premier, bred by Michael Beattie in Co. Down, ridden by
Alexander Bragg (GBR)

Ireland’s Cathal Daniels and LEB Empress (ISH), bred by Jo Breheny in Co Waterford, finished in fifth place on their Dressage score of 34.40. Jo Breheny said, “It’s the things dreams are made of, to have bred an animal picked to go to these world championships let alone be placed in the top five. I was lucky enough to be present for Cathal and LEB Empress’s achievement in Le Lion d’Angers. I am still breeding from this mare and anything she has bred has been very special. My daughter bought this mare and had planned to breed with her after breaking and producing her. Unfortunately, Laura passed away before this dream could come true, but she has certainly done her proud and I will continue to breed with her. The dam is by Colin Diamond and goes back to Imperius on the dam’s side. The OBOS Quality cross worked really well with her. We are excited to see what this partnership achieve in the seven-year-olds next year.”
MHS Brown Jack (ISH), bred by the late Ita Brennan and ridden by Tom McEwen (GBR) finished sixth with 34.6. According to Tom Brennan, “Gowran Lady’s progeny are very popular on the showjumping scene, but its great to see MHS Brown Jack being placed in the World Breeding Championships in Le Lion d’Angers. He’s following in the footsteps of his half brother MHS King Joules, who won the three-star in Burgham with Ollie Townend. Her progeny are always extremely versatile and the OBOS Quality cross has worked really well for eventing.”.. To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber