Large crowds enjoyed thrilling cross-country and show jumping action today as well as a very busy country fair at Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair today where ideal conditions brought in crowds of almost 14,000 to the historic 100-acre estate in the Co Meath countryside.
Tattersalls Ireland Managing Director Matt Mitchell said, “This has been one of the best ever international three-day events held here at Tattersalls and our country fair just keeps growing every year. Tattersalls is now a recognized international sporting destination and our importance to the equine industry here has been further emphasized by the fact we were responsible for the biggest single movement ever of competition horses across the Irish Sea earlier this week.”
The feature class, The Irish Field CCI4* saw Team Great Britain’s Izzy Taylor win for the second year in a row with Gary Power's 11-year-old mare PSH Gazelle (Flipper D'Elle x Miss Roxcento) and finishing on her dressage score of 32.4. Taylor was 11thafter dressage, third after cross-country, and it took overnight leader William Coleman and Off the Record from the USA to drop one fence in the show jumping phase for Taylor to win overall. Coleman rode the Syndicate owned 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Off the Record (VDL Arkansas x Drumagoland Bay).
The shorter course George Mernagh Memorial CIC4* turned out to be a thrilling competition with World No.1 Tim Price from New Zealand taking the honors on Ascona M with a score of 27.1.
The Eventing Ireland CCI3* reached a thrilling finale as legendary English rider William Fox Pitt went second last into the show jumping arena, needing a clear round to win which he duly produced on Georgiosaurous on an overall score of 20.5.
The Connollys Red Mills CCI3*L for under 25 riders was won by Cathal Daniels from Co Galway on LEB Lias Jewel with a score of 27.7 having lain second overnight but produced a flawless round of show jumping to take the laurels.
In the Land Rover CCI2*L honors were taken English rider John Paul Sheffield on Woodlander Wesuvio with a score of 32.5 whilst best of the Irish was in 8thplace with Fergal Nesbitt on Apollo Landing and a score of 34.1
The Cooley Farm CCIYH2* 6 & 7-year-old horses was won by Team Great Britain’s Izzy Taylor on Hartacker finishing on a score of 28.3. Co Meath’s Sarah Ennis was the best of the Irish in 3rd place on Shanbo Sky Fall finishing close by on a score 29.0.
The Berney Brothers CCI2*L for Ponies was won by Grace Tyrell for Ireland on her Fiona’s Form with a score of 43.4.
The Horseware CCI2* long format for junior riders was won by Chloe Fagan for Ireland on Versace Biscuit on a score of 25.6 having picked up just 0.8 of a time fault cross-country.
If you were involved in equestrian sports at all last year, you probably noticed how COVID incentivized the industry to make a few changes in day-to-day business operations. The United States Eventing Association (USEA) caught up with the STRIDER leadership team to learn more about recent industry trends after their trip earlier this month to EQUITANA USA at the Kentucky Horse Park.
US Equestrian is pleased to announce two additional competitions approved by the USEF Board of Directors to host CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, and Advanced level events during the 2023-2027 competition cycle under the new Eventing Calendar Process. The Florida Horse Park has been allocated the CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, and Advanced levels on Week 16 and the Advanced level on Week 40.
If you take one look at Jim Moyer’s Facebook page, you will see it is filled with sweet sentiments from the lives he has touched through his work in the equine industry. Moyer’s involvement with horses began when he met his future wife Jean 50 years ago. As Jean went on to become a prominent instructor in eventing, Moyer found that their friend circle was full of horse people, so it was only natural that he should find his place in the community.
Horses and riders in 12 divisions, from Starter to CCI4*-S, tackled the show jumping phase of competition Sunday at The Event at TerraNova, over a track designed by Nick Granat in the world-class setting of the main arena. Prize money was awarded in all divisions.