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.
My name is Tayah Fuller and I’m 14 years old. “On course” to me is a phrase that makes my heart pump fast and my excitement go wild. There is no better feeling than galloping through a field or flying over cross-country jumps with my heart thrumming along, especially when it is with my best friend. You see, I was born with a congenital heart murmur. While it has never really affected my athletic abilities, the one time that I notice it is when I am riding through a cross-country course with my horse.
Please always remain vigilant when it comes to sending any personal communications via email or text. Every year we receive reports of members and leaders of our sport receiving phishing attempts both online and by phone. These are often communications disguised as being sent from USEA staff or other leaders. As the years go on, the phishing attempts appear to be more directed and tailored.
Tack cleaning is one of those barn chores that might not be our favorite but is certainly necessary for keeping our equipment in top shape. Aside from caring for your tack so it lasts for years to come, regular tack maintenance is important for safety. The last thing you want is the potential for a stitch, zipper, or buckle breaking while you're out on course.
Following feedback from our membership to the rule change proposal for the USEF Rules For Eventing: Appendix 3 – Participation In Horse Trials, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted to modify the rule change proposal, but still to recommend the establishment of rider licenses and increase Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) to the regulating authority of the sport US Equestrian (USEF).