Dublin Horse Show: Northern triumph as Milord is the master
Saintfield breeder Lawrence Patterson was over the moon at the Dublin Show when his horse Ballycreen Milord, ridden by Louise Codd, won the Five Year old Young Event Horse championship in the main arena.
From 19 qualified horses from across Ireland, Milord excelled to impress the judges and spectators over a series of cross country fences and water.
Larne rider Ben Crawford also kept the northern flag flying in this class with a third place on Sandra Hamilton's Cornascriebe Kings Master, bred in Portadown by Carol Armstrong.
Clement McMahon, Clones, and Robin Bingham, Templepatrick, excelled with their jointly owned eight year old Valentino to win the International Youngster class from 31 invited entries.
Valentino stopped the clock in 40.88 to beat Cian O'Connor on Ballymore Eustace and French rider Michel Robert with Catapulte.
McMahon also slotted into fifth place on Belle Rock, owned by Mrs John Stewart.
The running order for today’s Meydan FEI Nations Cup for the Aga Khan Trophy was drawn with France leading off. They are followed by Great Britain, Sweden, USA, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and Spain.
With €920,000 up for grabs over five days, Irish riders can't complain about a recession.
“We have a maximum prize fund for young horses,” said Pat Hanley, show director.
“Also horse whisperer Monty Roberts is packing the grandstands each day with his exhibition of training horses.”
European pony champion Bertram Allen, who won his title last week in England, repeated his success to win yesterday's 148 pony championship qualifier. His sister Grace also won her 138cms class.
Lesley Anne Lyons with Longford Pass Gael won the prestigious Young Rider Speed Derby in the main arena, with Trevor Reilly taking second on Castleview Lux Z.
Dublin-based Paul O'Shea excelled to win the Speed Derby with Daydream St Ghyvan Z, his prolific Grand Prix winner.
O'Shea was untouchable to win in 86.05 ahead of US rider Beezie Madden with Prima, and Rich Fellers on the Cavalier Royale-sired Mcguinness.
Ireland's Shane Breen with Dorada finished a very creditable fifth.