Rock (ISH) Reigns Supreme at Badminton CCI**** 2003
European Champion since 1999 at Luhmuhlen and Team and Individual
European Champion at Pau in 2001, aswell as Team Olympic Silver
Medallist at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and Team Bronze at WEG
2002, Supreme Rock (ISH) has now also won the premier Horse Trials
event in the world for the second year running.
first after the dressage phase on Thursday, May 1st, Supreme Rock
(ISH), who was ranked fourth in the World Breeding Rankings for
2001/2002, and rider Pippa Funnell (GBR) held pole position through
the Cross Country and Show Jumping phases to retain their Badminton
bred horses were out in force at Badminton this year with seventeen
of them finishing in the final forty four placings. Five Irish Sport
Horses, including winner Supreme Rock (ISH), took the following
positions in the final top twelve:
place ~ Shear H2O (ISH) ridden by Leslie Law (GBR).
place ~ Hannigan (ISH) ridden by Phillip Dutton (AUS).
place ~ Ringwood Cockatoo (ISH) ridden by Bettina Hoy (GER).
place ~ Captain Christy (ISH) ridden by Kristina Cook (GBR).
bred Over To You finished third, ridden by Jeanette Brakewell (GBR),
while Patricia Donegan (IRL) rode Dont Step Back (out of an
ISH mare) to take tenth place.
In Show Jumping Conor Swail (IRL) rode Windgates King Koal (ISH)
to take third place in the Modena (Italy) CSI*** Grand Prix on Sunday,
May 4th. Conor also won Saturdays Anni Tempo class following a clear
round with Windgates Sensation (ISH).
of the above Irish Sport Horses
Rock (ISH) ~ 1988 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Edmund Burke (TB),
out of Rineen Classic (ISH), by Bassompierre (TB) bred by Mrs Lindy
Nixon-Grey, Rineen Equestrian Centre, Skibbereen, Co.Cork.
H2O (ISH) ~ 1990 Irish Sport Horse Gelding by Stan the Man (TB),
out of Starry Night II (ISH), by Carnival Night (TB) bred by Mr.
Edward Walsh, Moveen East, Kilkee, Co. Clare.
(ISH) ~ 1991 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Western Promise (ISH),
out of Bleeker Lady (ISH), by Carnival Night (TB), bred by Harold
Lusk, Baileys Mills, Lisburn, Co. Antrim.
Cockatoo (ISH) ~ 1991 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Peacock (TB),
out of Baileys Folly (ISH), bred by Hilary Greer, Castleblayney
Road, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.
Christy (ISH) ~ 1992 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Cavalier (Holst),
out of Free Flo (ISH), by Imperius (TB), bred by Clare Hughes, Graigue,
Cuffesgrange, Co. Kilkenny.
To You ~ 1988 Irish Thoroughbred by Over the River (TB), out of
Another Miller (TB), by Gala Performance (TB), bred by Jack Lett,
Holyfort, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.
Step Back ~ 1992 Sport Horse by Step Together (TB), out of Castleview
Lass (ISH), by Belgrave (TB), bred by P.J. Lehane, Castleview, Clonakilty,
King Koal (ISH) ~ 1988 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Kildalton King
(RID), out of a Prince Rois (TB) Irish Sport Horse mare bred by
Laurence Pender, Garrymore, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.
Sensation (ISH) ~ 1996 Irish Sport Horse mare by Cavalier (Holst),
out of Windgate Lady (ISH), bred by Edward Cawley, Ballymaglassan
House, Dunboyne, Co. Meath.