SURE to be a favourite among younger spectators at the Dublin Horse Show next month, Cathal Daniels booked his place in the starting line-up for the four-year-old championship when narrowly winning Section B at the Young Eventhorse Series qualifier in Scarteen on Wednesday.
Daniels topped the final leaderboard with Hans Kuehnle’s Irish Sport Horse mare Tullibards Dolce Vita (280.1), a Ballistic M2S bay who was bred in Co Laois by Aidan McEvoy out of Barrahill Beauty (by Don Juan de la Bouverie), dam previously of the 2012 My O My gelding My O My Sportsfield (CCI3*L) among others. With four show jumping penalties, Wednesday’s winner finished seventh in an EI90 at Hillcrest (3) last month when ridden by Godfrey Gibbons.
Leila Barker qualified for Dublin in second place with her own Jorado mare Boleybawn Oliva (279.7) while Dominic Furnell picked up the third ticket on offer here with Gina Heaps’s home-bred Future Trend gelding Carrowgar Future (275.8). This bay’s dam, Carrowgar Nerrada (by Nerrado), is a half-sister to Heaps’s 2019 Dublin Horse Show supreme youngstock champion, Carrowgar Herald (by Herald 3).
In Section A of the five-year-old qualifier, Daniel Alderson had even less of a margin of victory as he secured Dublin qualification on Orla Byrne’s ISH gelding Nightshift B (318.6) with whom the Global Event Horses rider has been competing in EI100 classes this season. The Stetter gelding was bred in Co Offaly by Etter Sportpferde out of the Radolin mare Layla B.
As stated elsewhere, Sarah Ennis qualified for Dublin when finishing second here on husband Niki Potterton’s Quantino gelding Dolmen Stellor Design (318.5) ahead of the previously qualified Centre Stage gelding Mon Ami Beauvallet (311.5) who was again ridden by Jonny Steele for Co Down owner/breeder, Fran Rowlatt-McCormick.
The Ballinasloe mother and son team of owner Marie Dunne and rider Godfrey Gibbons booked themselves another Dublin ticket through their Kannan gelding, Kilnamac Kasu, who finished fourth (307.7).