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.
This is it! The weekend we've all been waiting for is finally here - the return to competition has arrived! After nearly three months of suspended competitions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept the country and the world, riders are shining up their boots and preparing to trot down the centerline. While our "new normal" will certainly look different than things did before the pandemic, these new regulations are in place for all our safety.
The return to competition upon us! This week on the show Nicole Brown is joined by Sinead Halpin Maynard to talk about how you can make sure you and your horse are prepared to get back to competing.
The Fair Hill Organizing Committee (FHOC), an affiliate of the Sport and Entertainment Corporation of Maryland (The Sport Corp.), today announced the inaugural Maryland Five-Star at Fair Hill will take place October 14-17, 2021. Health and safety factors, in addition to other challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, led to a final decision to postpone the international three-day eventing competition originally scheduled for this October at the newly constructed Special Event Zone at Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in Cecil County, Maryland.
Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, Massachusetts (Area I) was scheduled to host two one-day events in 2020 offering Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice divisions. Their May event was forced to cancel due to COVID-19, but their September event is planning to run as scheduled.