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Incredible Irish win gold, silver and bronze at FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for 5-year-old horses

Sunday, 16 September 2018
FEI/WBFSH World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses 2018

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle Richard Howley and Uppercourt Cappucino en route to victory in Lanaken. Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle.

Irish horses and riders completed a remarkable performance today at the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for 5-year-old horses, by winning gold, silver and bronze in the final at Zangersheide, Belgium. 

Richard Howley and the Irish Sport Horse Uppercourt Cappucino (Pacino x Obos Quality 004) are the new 5-year-old World Champions, taking the gold medal for the Irish Sport Horse Studbook after a 24 horse jump-off. They posted what proved a winning double clear round in 35.17 seconds, in a competition which attracted 237 horses from all over the world. Uppercourt Cappucino is bred by Paul O’Byrne and is owned by HK Horses.

The silver medal went to Darragh Ryan with CSF Sir George (Sir Shutterfly x Cavalier Royale) after they finished just 0.17 behind the winners. CSF Sir George is bred by Shane Connoly and is owned by Molly Tracy.

The bronze medal also went to and Irish rider and Irish Sport Horse, with Mikey Pender finishing third with HHS Vancouver (Indoctro x Don Juan de la Bouverie), who is owned and bred by Marion Hughes. They also jumped double clear in 35.75.

Photo (c) Horse Sport Ireland Darragh Ryan (silver), Richard Howley (gold) and Mickey Pender (bronze) make it an all-Irish podium in the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for 5-year-old horses. Photo (c) Horse Sport Ireland.

Newly-crowned World Champion Richard Howley said: “I bought him [Uppercourt Cappucino] after a show in Millstreet. The horse was owned at that time by Ger O’Neill [Castlefield Sport Horses] and Jason Higgins. Jason had produced the horse as a 4-year-old and I bought him at the back end of this year. He [Uppercourt Cappucino] has only done a handful of shows in his life and the horse is so mature in his mind he is just like riding an 8-year-old. It’s a good day for the Irish and a good day to be Irish. I think the world of this horse, he has done enough now for this year. It’s amazing, I came here two years ago to watch and this is my first time riding here and it’s an absolute thrill to ride here in front of this wonderful crowd.”

Horse Sport Ireland CEO Ronan Murphy added: “This is another incredible result for The Irish Sport Horse Studbook, Irish owners, breeders and our riders. To fill all three places on the podium in a world championship final is phenomenal. I want to congratulate our Chef d’Equipe for the championships John Ledingham and all the connections involved.”


Press release from Horse Sport Ireland

Photos © Tiffany Van  Halle and Horse Sport Ireland

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