CORK-based Michael Ryan and the Irish Sport Horse Dunlough Striker took the Pegus Horse Feed CIC** title this afternoon at the Fernhill Sport Horses Kilguilkey House International Horse Trials in Mallow, Co. Cork.
A previous winner of the class in 2013 with Ballylynch Wizard, Ryan rode Carol and Tom Henry’s Maltstriker gelding to victory, despite incurring 4.4 time penalties.
The win means that the Dan Coleman Perpetual Trophy for the highest placed Munster-based rider stays in the Donegan-Ryan household for a third consecutive year following Patricia Ryan’s performance in last year’s CIC** class.
The cross country questions posed by newly appointed designer Mike Etherington-Smith caused their fair share of problems but the top three remained unchanged from their positions after yesterday’s Dressage and Show-Jumping phases, with Louise Bloomer and Hollybrook Sky High finishing in second and Heidi Hamilton taking third with her own Dam Easy.
Cork-based Rebecca Dunlea slotted into fourth with her own Cashelane Captain while George Russell posted the only clear round inside the time to move up to fifth place on the leaderboard.
Full results from all classes are available on www.eventingireland.com.
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