Campbell delight at nailing double qualifier success for Dublin Show
Lurgan poultry farmer David Campbell booked two tickets to the Dublin Horse Show as two of his showjumpers excelled with local riders at the Meadows Equestrian Centre yesterday.
Campbell hadn't far to travel to cheer on his horses as Aghalee rider Luke Campbell won the six- year-old qualifier on Derryinver Premier Sarah, bred in Keady by Peter Rice.
Enniskillen's Catherine Thornton partnered the second Campbell horse, Coachella, to ninth place in the five-year-old final to book her ticket to the Dublin Show in August.
"I am delighted," said Campbell.
"Luke Campbell is fantastic, and Catherine Thornton and I both own Coachella which secured a place to Dublin in ninth.
"Coachella was bred by Tom and Linda Magee from Portadown."
More than 350 horses competed at the RDS event and Eddie Moloney had a worthwhile trip from Kilkenny, winning both the four and five-year-old qualifiers, while the seven and eight-year-old class went to Sophie Richards on HHS Fernhill.
Moloney was hard to shake off and also took runner-up in the event on Temple Alice.
Banbridge rider Dermott Lennon secured his Dublin entry in the seven and eight-year-old event on his own horse Athletix Hero Z.
German judges Thomas Schonig and Roland Metz, of the Hanoverian and Holstein studbooks, assessed the four-year-old class with Moloney scoring the highest mark of 86.25 to win ahead of Lee Maher on 83.25.