An incredible run of results during the 2022 season for Irish horses, riders, breeders and owners continued on Sunday with two outstanding victories for Ireland at the FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championship for Young Horses in Lanaken, Belgium.
Irish Horses and riders produced dominating performances in Lanaken, recording two world championship title results in the five-year-old and six-year-old finals. The Championships took place from September 22-25, and saw over 700 horses compete, 70 of which were ridden by Irish riders.
Ireland’s first gold medal came in the five-year-old division where Kilkenny’s Gerard O’Neill and the Irish Sport Horse gelding BP Goodfellas took top spot, coming home 0.4 of a second ahead of his nearest rival, Holland’s Olivier van der Haart, stopping the clock on the Stakkato Gold (Hann) sired gelding in 40.12.
Lanaken once again proved to be a happy hunting ground for O’Neill, as he’s previously won the six-year-old final twice before; first in 2016 with the Irish Sport Horse gelding Killossery Kaiden and again in 2017 with the mare Columcille Gipsy (ISH).
Bred by GBBS Int Ltd. and Kevin Babington, BP Goodfellas (ISH) is out of the Irish Sport Horse mare Goodwin’s Loyalty (ISH) by OBOS Quality 004 (Oldbg) who was competed internationally by Babington and taking wins and placings in Spruce Meadows, Canada and Washington, and Wellington, USA. The family of Goodwin’s Loyalty (ISH) has also produced the international showjumpers Goodwin’s 007 (ISH), and GVS Goodwin’s Queen (ISH) as well as the international eventing horses Goodwin’s Reef (ISH) and Goodwin’s Royalty (ISH).
Irish rider, and Lanaken debutant Ciaran Moran also had a top 10 finish in the five-year-old final, taking eighth place on the Dignified Van’t Zorgliet (BWP) sired gelding Greenhall Mullord (ISH). The dam, Millennium Cruise (ISH) by Cruising (ISH)[TIH] has also produced the international event horse Complete Luck (ISH) ridden by American rider Molly Talla... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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