Sign in to your account
Forgot / Reset Password? Click here
Not registered with The Irish Field? Register now to read 5 Field+ articles for FREE
Just one final step...
You must confirm your email address by clicking on the link we’ve sent to your email address.
You are only one short step away from reading 5 free Field+ articles.
Victory for Jonty Evans and Cooley Rorkes Drift at Belton Horse Trials
Register now to read five Field + articles
for free per month.
Only takes a second!
Already registered with The Irish Field? Sign in
By registering an account you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
Victory for Jonty Evans and Cooley Rorkes Drift at Belton Horse Trials
on 15 April 2018
Irish Olympian Jonty Evans and the Irish Sport Horse Cooley Rorkes Drift won the CIC3* event at the Belton Horse Trials

IRISH eventing rider Jonty Evans and the Irish Sport Horse Cooley Rorkes Drift won Sunday's CIC3* competition at Belton Horse Trials in Lincolnshire, in England.

The pair held the lead after dressage, with an excellent score of 28.8 penalties, and remained on that score after a clear show jumping round.

The final cross country phase saw Evans and the 12-year-old gelding also jump clear, adding just 3.6 time penalties to finish on a total of 32.40, ahead of British runner-up Piggy French with Vanir Kamira.

A massive fundraising effort in 2017 saw Jonty Evans retain the ride on Cooley Rorkes Drift after the horse was put up for sale by his owners. The pair were Ireland’s highest-placed finishers in the eventing competition at the Rio Olympics, taking ninth place overall.

There was also Irish success in Section N of the CIC3* at Belton with Austin O’Connor taking runner-up spot with the Irish Sport Horse Lucky Contender.

BREEDING

• Cooley Rorkes Drift (ISH) – 2006 bay gelding by Courage II (HOLST) out of Doon-A-Ree Lass (ISH), by Rachelle Comet (TB). Bred by William McCarrison, Co. Down. Owner/Rider: Jonty Evans (IRL)

• Lucky Contender (ISH) – 2008 bay gelding by Chacoa (HOLST) out of Power Rules (TB), by King Luthier (TB). Bred by John Ryan, Co. Tipperary. Owner: Wendie Foster. Rider: Austin O’Connor (IRL)

Related tags
Classifieds
Get full unlimited access to our content and archive.
Subscribe to The Irish Field
Unlimited access to The Irish Field via your computer, mobile device, tablet or newspaper delivered to your door.
Already a subscriber? Sign in