Much success from Kilkenny at the Irish Breeders Classic in Gorey
The Irish Breeders Classic is a show jumping event dedicated to showcasing Irish-bred horses and developing horses from 4 to 8 years old.
Now in its 11th edition, The Irish Breeders Classic (IBC) holds the richest class of young show jumping horses in the world with over €100,000 in prize money.
For the past three years the Irish Breeders Classic has been run by three ladies from Kilkenny – Sharon Fitzpatrick, Liz Brennan and Fiona Deegan with a lady from Wexford, Gail Lennon.
There is no doubt that these wonderful ladies have taken the IBC to a whole new level for Irish breeders, riders and sponsors.
Speaking to residents of Kilkenny, Sharon Fitzpatrick said: “We are delighted with the support we have had from the industry. The entire horse industry has supported us and supported us financially to provide the prizes for the large classes.
She added: “We had a 155m/160m Grand Prix sponsored by Plusvital. What’s interesting about this event is that once you have a 160m mare jumping in this event, it’s registered on her pedigree with blacktype and that’s great for selling the foals by after.
The Irish Breeders Classic is unique in its combination of locations at the famous Barnadown show jumping grounds near Gorey in County Wexford and runs a foal auction in association with Kilkenny’s Goresbridge Select Foal Sale.
The show was originally founded in 2012 by Ronan Rothwell of Boleybawn Horses, whose dream was to showcase Irish-bred horses and attract new investors to the sport.
The result is a competition that has gained international recognition, with many past winners going on to high profile international careers.
Many local Kilkenny runners were in for the big classes, with some coming home with incredible results and prize money from the four days of competition, which took place from September 1-4, 2022.
Starting Thursday, Eddie Moloney of Warrington, Co. Kilkenny won the 1st Qual 5/6 YO Irish Champs All studbooks on HZ Brogan (owned by Ellie Moloney).
Young rider Chloe Hughes Kennedy of Cuffesgrange, Co. Kilkenny won first prize in the 1.30m classic riding Zuidam (owned by Clare Hughes).
Friday saw more winners from Kilkenny, with Keatingstown’s Susan Fitzpatrick winning the North Star Sport Horses 1.45m Grand Prix over Keatingstown Skophults Joker (owned by Sharon Fitzpatrick).
Mikey Pender won the 5/6 YO Irish Breeders Classic 2nd Qual on HHS Rose (owned by Bravo Hughes).
Oisin Aylward of Coppenagh Stables won the 7/8 YO Championship 2nd Qual over Cillbhird Hank (owned by Neil Champion).
Seamus Hughes Kennedy won the 1.30m Classic on Imandouw (owned by Clare Hughes).
Marta Hughes Bravo won the 1.20m Classic on Miss Belgium (owned by Marian Hughes).
On Saturday, the conditions were very wet, but that didn’t stop Mickey Pender from winning the 4-year-old final on Madgeslane Luidan, owned by Michael Pender.
The consolation prize was won by Robin Carey of Gowran in 7/8 years on Luicruz (owned by Adam Carey).
On the final day on Sunday youngster Seamus Hughes-Kennedy won the 1.55m Grand Prix trophy from Cuffesgrange Cavadora (owned by Clare Hughes).
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