HAVING returned home from a highly rewarding foray to the Chatsworth International, Sian Coleman landed a good win in the EI 110 (O). This time she partnered Lady Caroline Colthurst’s home-bred mare Blarney Acacia, who as one of only two double clear rounds, pulled up from an opening third spot.

“This mare has rather been in the shadows of Blarney Monbeg Pepper, so I’m delighted for her,” said Coleman of the daughter of Loughehoe Guy. “The time was tight, but I was still in Chatsworth mode, so I put my foot down!”

Acacia will be retained to breed once her competing days are over and, very versatile, she may contend the Traditional performance class at the RDS this summer.

The cross-country caught out several, including dressage leader Daniel Alderson who picked up 20 penalties with Global Javas Gold, and also Alison Holden who in second spot, collected 40 with Lates Eddie. In turn, Chloe Loene and the former Adam Haugh ride Jezebelle benefitted to pull up to second from Meghan Telford Kelly and Mr Chocolate.

One of the most competitive classes of the day was the 29-strong EI 110. With an influential cross-country, nearly a third of the field incurred jumping penalties, with the water and the sunken road complexes accounting for the majority.

None of these however, concerned the leaders, so it was Jenny Kuehnle who picked up the red ribbon with Cathal Daniels’ smart 10-year-old Cesario P.

In third spot on the flat, and delivering one of just three double clears, Kuehnle reversed placings with the slightly slower dressage leaders Meabh Bolger and MBF Back To Back, while Sian Coleman slotted into third with Kilroe Frolic.

The winner, who also landed the Intro CCI* at the same venue last month, was sourced in Europe. “We had a bit of a setback with him last year, with colic surgery,” explained Daniels. “Jenny has always ridden him, and has done a great job.”