Ulster riders enjoy a Dynamic day at Dublin Horse Show
On a day of Ulster successes at Dublin Horse Show, a four year old showjumping horse, whose mother won all her four year old qualifiers and championship at the show, made history on yesterday's opening day at Ballsbridgeby taking the same event for owner James Hogg of Maguiresbridge.
The Simmonscourt arena grandstands were packed to capacity as the Ulster bred and owned young horse set a standard which couldn't be matched. Years earlier, his dam won the same event and went on to take major titles at the show before she retired as a brood mare in Banbridge.
Drumiller Dynamic, bred by Paul Dillon of Banbridge and sold as a foal in Cavan Sales to James Hogg, took the prestigious opening four year old qualifier in Simmonscourt Arena, judged by international riders Alain Storme and Niall Talbot.
Jenny Rankin, the Fintona star who is making a name for herself on the international circuit, took the Young Riders' 1m 35 class with Beech Hill Lucia from a six horse jump off.
Rankin earlier in the day also featured in the senior international classes taking 10th in the six year old opening class on Sea Topblue and 11th with Galway Bay Pandora.
Armagh owner Alison Crozier claimed the small hunter championship trophy with Mastermind while Ballyward owner James McEvoy was runner up with Highmoon in the three year old Potential Event horse loose jumping final.
Killinchy horsewoman Kerry Finlay's Shanbally Ronaldo took the red riband in class 21 for small hunters while Newtownhamilton rider and mother of three Sarah O'Rourke finished third with Rockstar Rosie.
Comber's Ellie Miskelly, on board the small riding horse Masserene Dorian Gray, won her class beating Ards rider Janice Reddy with Dream on Calypso.
International course builder Tom Holden has set strong tracks in the international arena each day with riders using Wednesday as a warm up for the tougher classes later in the week. Lurgan's Aaron McCusker has been called up to the assistant course builder's rostrum at Dublin Show which includes seniors Fred Guthrie, Derry and Raymond Jess Dromara.
Jess, who supplies arena staff at Olympia has a fully trained team at the RDS who will be in charge of moving the tracks and preparing fences for the Aga Khan Nations Cup on Friday and helping build the big wall for Saturday's Puissance.
Chief Steward of the main arena is former Ards international rider Leonard Cave while Derry man Gerry McCloskey is Chief FEI steward while the International Appeal Committee is headed up by Belfast woman Hilary McClelland (President) and Saintfield's Myrtle Peak. Omagh horsewoman Mrs Kathleen O'Hagan is on the national appeal comittee
Commenting on opening day, RDS chief executive Michael Duffy said: "We've had great crowds, some excellent show jumping and the Masterclass has proven very popular.
"Yesterday we held a forum on Brexit and what it might mean for the sport horse industry - it has been interesting to see the reverberations of this today, as it has been the topic of interest around the ground."
Today, the RDS welcomes a new addition to the Show with the Anglesea Serpentine Stakes and Michael Duffy added: "The €50,000 prize fund is sure to attract a very high standard. It is also Ladies Day with a prize of €10,000 in vouchers.
"We also have a true legend of eventing, Lucinda Green, hosting today's Masterclass which is sure to be another hit with many."
Six Year Old Horses: 1 Darragh Ryan, Boleybawn Actor 0-0 42.81, 2 Kevin Gallagher, Kilrado 0-0 45.76, 3 Philip MCGuane, Belle du Courtil 0-0 46
International Speed Stakes: 1 Greg Broderick, IRE Zuidam 0-58.94, 2 Lillie Keenan, USA Be Gentle 0- 59.68, 3 Darragh Kenny IRE Chakito 0-59.79
128cms Ponies: 1 Tom Wachman, PARC Epic 0-0 33.56, 2 Olivia Devereaux Munsboro Plunkett 0-0 35.72, 3 Tom Wachman, Murphy Spartacus 0-0 37.03
138cms Ponies: 1 Max Foley, Mayfly Green Peter 0-0 38.58, 2 John McEntee, 0-0 41.99, 3 Alex Finney, Dolly du Carel 0-0 44.19
148cms ponies: 1 Kate Derwin, Cul Ban Mistress 0-0 36.74, 2 Molly Hughes Bravo, Carrickaduff Pet 0-0 38.01, 3 Charlotte Houston, Lea du Genier 0-0 38.53
Sport Ireland Classic: 1 Shane Breen IRE, Ipswich Van de Wolfsakker 0-0 41.83, 2 Bertram Allen IRE Izzy by Picobello 0-0 41.92, 3 Anthony Condon IRE Balzac 0-0 42.13
Four year old Horse Qualifier: 1 James Hogg, Maguiresbridge Drumiller Dynamic 79.5, 2 Vincent Byrne, RHS Blue 75.5,3 Michael Murphy, Cillbhrid Bossy 75.02
Young Riders 1m35 Jump off: 1 Jenny Rankin IRE Beech Hill Lucia 0-0 42.12, 2 C Harrison IRE Wannahave 0-0 43.08,3 T Macdonagh, Hollypark Galloway 4 42.67