Leinster riders in the ribbons at RDS Qualifiers

17 May Leinster riders in the ribbons at RDS Qualifiers

Ard Chuain in County Sligo was a hive of activity last weekend as it played host to the first round of pony, young riders and children on horses Dublin Horse Show qualifiers. Leinster riders were in the ribbons over the course of the two days of jumping.


In total 54 combinations went to post in the 128cm division with 12 delivering double clears and five delivering triple clears. Leinster Ronan Duffy and Twinkle Star Cedar took third when clear in a time of 41.61. Ava O’ Neill and had an unlucky four faults with Hes A Touch Of Magic in 38.24 for sixth.

128cm 6/7-Year-Olds

In the 128cm 6/7-Year-Old RDS judged class, 30 combinations went to post with three places up for grabs. Taking the win was Edward Walsh on the six-year-old  I Am Sonic Seamus on 73.5. Kate Hurley and Brookhall Elizabeth (7yo) took the runner-up spot when awarded a score of 73. Third place was Ruby Hannon and Trixies Splash With A Dash (7yo) on a score of 71.5, ahead of Georgia De Bromhead and Dough Pride (6yo) on a score of 70.5.  Sharing fifth place on a score of 70.5 was Josh Rogan and WCE Hugo Me Go We Go (6yo) and Jack Costello and Heartbreaker (6yo).


In total 39 combinations went to post, and it was Leinster rider Emily O’ Brien and Youghal Paddy that booked the first ticket, when triple clear in 31.59. RDS Champion, Ruben Foley will be making his return after booking his place with Mayfly Green Peter, when triple clear 31.83 for third place. Leinster rider Laila Dunne and Beaver Valley was fastest of the double clears in 35.21 for fifth. Completing the top six was Robbie Sheehan and Bay Times, double clear in 38.70.


A familiar combination in Dublin Horse Show James Derwin and Rincoola Babog made no mistakes as they booked the first slot in the 148cm division 32.53. The pairing was fastest of the eight double clears, clocking 32.53. Fourth place was filled by Chloe Hughes Kennedy and HK Zena in a time of 38.99.  Annie Boland didn’t hang about with Jimtown and crossed the line in a time of 39.32 for fifth place. Iseult Fleming and Oscar van de Beekerheide took sixth place 40.85 for sixth place.

148 6/7 Year Olds

The 148 6/7 Year class attracted a large following, with 87 combinations going to post. Alice Moloney and VMS Norman (6yo) took second place when clear in 46.01, ahead of Annie Boland and Candy Coco (7yo) clear in 46.46. Sixth place was filled by Niamh Staunton and Ballyfore Rosie(7yo) carrying four faults in a time of 43.31.


On Sunday, it was the turn of young riders and children on horses to book their place to Dublin Horse Show.

1.15 Children on Horses

First into the arena on Sunday morning was the 1.15 Children on Horses riders with 38 riders battling it out for one of the four tickets on offer in this round. Meath rider Molly Taylor and RNH Parisian Blue in a time of 43.96. Mullingar rider Ted Fagan and Bella M took the third ticket when they maintained a clean sheet over the three rounds in a time of 44.22.  1.35-


Kilkenny’s Eoin Brennan and Eskola M accounted for fourth place, when they came home clear in 34.46, ahead of Emily Moloney and Temple Alice, who was fractions behind in 34.69. Also staying withing the 35 second mark was Dublin rider Jack Murphy and Dinard H, who clocked 34.96.

No stranger to the RDS, Wexford’s Taylor Peare took the win in the 1.25-1.30m division with Lissyegan Geoffrey, when clear in 36.83.  Westmeath rider Lauren Murphy and J’Adore took third place when clear in a time of 40.77. Fourth place belonged to Dublin rider and Jack Murphy and Ballinteskin Gaia, when they were the last of the triple clears in 43.10. Alice Moloney proved out of luck when she had one down in the final round with Castlefield Cass in 42.98 for fifth. 

Westmeath rider Tadhg McKiernan proved out of luck when he had one down with Little Ms Dignified in the final round in a time of 34.10 for fifth place