19 Sep Congratulations to Richard, Darragh and Mikey – world class performance in Lanaken
Irish win Gold, Silver & Bronze at World Championships in Belgium
Irish Show Jumping horses and riders have completed a remarkable performance today (Sunday) at the World Championships for Young Horses at Lanaken in Belgium, by winning Gold, Silver and Bronze in the 5-year-old final.
Gold went to Richard Howley from Sligo on “Uppercourt Cappucino”
Silver went to Darragh Ryan from Co Tipperary on “CSF Sir George”
Bronze went to Mikey Pender from Co. Carlow on “HHS Vancouver”
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.”