Jessica Burke recorded her first victory in the Underwriting Exchange National Grand Prix at Flavours of Fingal County Show on Saturday. She jumped clear in 38.36 seconds with the nine-year-old mare Kashino.
Owned and bred by Jackie Lee, Kashino is by Cassino and out of Captain Pride (Captain Clover). Lee has six other offspring registered from the dam. He has used a range of stallions, including Dakar Vdl (2018), Tyson (2017), Koro D’or (2015), Emerald Van’t Ruytershof (2013) and Mermus R (2012).
Not content with the win, Burke also finished sixth with Castlelawn Captain Junior, jumping clear in 42.38. Bred by Elizabeth Gallagher, this eight-year-old stallion is by Captain Clover and out of the Diamond Lad-sired dam, Diroe.
Castlelawn Captain Junior has an impressive record with close to 300 Showjumping Ireland Points. Since he was a four-year-old he has qualified for Dublin Horse Show each year. He won the six-year-old Cruising Championship at Dublin Horse Show and as a five-year-old, he won the ISH Showjumping Series, before representing Ireland in the World Young Horse Championships.
Taking the runner-up spot was Tim Mac Donagh with his own Hollypark Boom Boom, jumping clear in 39.34. Bred by Clare Hughes, the eight-year-old gelding is by Heritage Fortunus and out of HHS Diamond Exchange (Ramiro B).
This is the second impressive result for this combination having won an international class in Mullingar this June.
A clear round in 39.59 put Edward Doyle Jnr in third place with the Gina Prescott-owned Billy Guilder. Bred by Donal Barnwell, the 10-year-old gelding is by Billy Congo out of the Cavalier-sired dam Dollar Day.
Barnwell was brought up in a farming family in Co Wexford and from an early age was involved with horses. This combination recently spent time competing on the European circuit, taking in Kronenberg CSI2*, Reims CSI3*, Lisbon CSIO3* and Bolesworth CSI4*.
Slotting into fourth was Capt. Geoff Curran and HHS Clinton, who delivered a clear round in 39.79.
Bred by the late Ita Brennan, this eight-year-old Irish Sport Horse is by OBOS Quality 004 and out of MHS Kilkenny Lady. The gelding qualified for Dublin Horse Show at Maryville just a couple of weeks ago.
In fifth place was Sophie Richards and MHS Fernhill clear in 41.07. Owned by Carol Gee, the seven-year-old is Cardento and out of the Guidam-sired MHS Pembrook Lady.
In the seven-year-old ISH Showjumping Final, Gemma Phelan emerged victorious aboard Curraghgraigue Obos Flight. Owned by Baden Powell, the gelding is by O.B.O.S. Quality 004 (OLD) out of Curraghgraigue Errigal (ISH) (Errigal Flight).
In the 1.35m Mervue Equine Leinster Tour, John Floody led the victory lap aboard HTS Blackrock, clear in 38.34.
On form, Floody also finished second with Donevan Erkindale, jumping clear in 39.31, ahead of Oisin Aylward and Cosimo il Primo, who were also clear in 40.24.
On Sunday in Charleville, victory in the Underwriting Exchange National Grand Prix Charleville Agricultural Show went to local rider Alan O’Regan, when he delivered the winning round with Freedam, clear in 38.10.
Owned by his mother Frances, the 10-year-old gelding by Guidam and out the Furisto-sired gelding, Warrenstown Betty.
Sven Hadley was fractions behind with Jessy Van De Heide, in a time of 38.35, ahead of Liam O’Meara and Oldtown KC, who stopped the clock at 38.45.
O’ Meara currently tops the leader-board on 30 points.
Winner of the round in Galway, Francis Connors and Erne Ladygoldilocks, had to settle for fourth after jumping clear in 38.75. Slotting into fifth place was Madeline Roberts Allen on Daroento VDL, clear in 40.33. Owned by Allen, Daroento VDL is an 11-year-old KWPN stallion, by Cardento and out of Laranda. Paddy O’ Donnell filled the next two slots taking sixth with Vivienne Quigley’s The Best of Quality, and seventh with Minority Report.