ISH wins ridden showing title at Riding Clubs Festival

Ballinapark Endeavour, ridden by Sophie Marks won the Horse Sport Ireland sponsored Carl Geisler Memorial championship for the supreme ridden horse at the Riding Clubs Festival at Mullingar Equestrian, Co. Westmeath recently on Saturday (10th June).

The 7-year-old grey ISH gelding had earlier won the heavyweight championship before topping the line-up in the ring 1 championship in order to qualify for the final.

Six horses went through to the decider after three new ring championships which included the champion and reserve of each class in each ring.

The nod was given to the Vivienne O’Connor bred ahead of reserve champion Landanos Rolling Clover, who previously won the top title in 2015, ridden by Jenny Curran.

Meanwhile, a Connemara pony won the Eddie Fowler Memorial championship for the best of breeds at the show.

Zoe Kehoe’s Abbeyside Sarkozy, a 5-year-old, won on this occasion for Coole Lane. The grey stallion, bred by Tom Bourke, had earlier impressed the judges in the Connemara championship.

Reserve went to Sandra Hannigan’s Branchfield Hope, a four-year-old Connemara. The Thomas Bagnall breed grey stallion had earlier taken reserve in the Connemara championship.

Elsewhere, The Frank Mangan Memorial championship was awarded to Gentleman James, an 18-year-old bay gelding, ridden by Ashbrook’s Desmond Mc Loughlin. The Patrick Cleary bred Irish Sport Horse previously won The Carl Geisler Memorial Championship in 2016 with Helena Fitzgerald.

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