An Irish horse and an Irish rider won the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championship for 5 year olds - Greg Broderick with Arraghbeg Clover (Captain Clover x Bonnie Prince). The mare is bred by Agata Leonard, and owned by Declan Orpen together with Broderick.
"I knew I had a chance to win with Arraghbeg Clover. I have been here several times and know that you need a very fast horse to be able to win. Clover has a fantastic record in Ireland and this year she has only had one down the whole season. Last weekend she won the Breeders Classics in Ireland. It is a lot for a five year old to jump that big last weekend and then come here and do it again. That just shows what an unbelievable horse she is. But I never hesitated to do both shows with her, because she has so much blood and she never gets tired. Then she also get better and better for every round, and learns something each time," said a happy winner after the class and added "She has been winning 19 000 Euro the last six weeks before Lanaken - that is a lot for a five year old!"
As many as 63 horses jumped in the final for the 5 year olds and it was the first time for them in the main arena - the Ratina Z - in Zangersheide. This was noticeable on some of them, but most of the youngsters coped great with the big arena and 25 cleared the first round and qualified for the jump-off. With so many in the jump-off a lot of risks were taken and everyone gave their all. In the end the result list consisted of ten double clears.
Greg Broderick won with over a second down to Bertram Allen with Castlefield Denver by Quasimodo Z x Ulft - bred by C. Pluim and owned by Ballywalter Farm. The bronze medal went to Guillaume Batillat with Invisible Star by Winningmood van de Arenberg X Skippy II. Invisible Star is a Belgian breed mare and is bred by Lelie Walter and owned by Les Ecuries d'Ecaussinnes.
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