Day 1 of Millstreet International Horse Trials 2019

Millstreet International Horse Trials run until Sunday 25th August. Credit: Réaltín O'Shea.

Millstreet International Horse Trials 2019 began at The Green Glens Arena on Thursday with both dressage and showjumping action across a number of classes.

Ludwig Svennerstal of Sweden with Penny Grans leads the Donagh Hickey Motors CCI2*-L, having scored 75.25% in Thursday’s dressage, giving them 24.8 penalty points. Coolrock Wacko Jacko and Britain’s Georgia Bartlett are in second position with 25.8 penalty points after their 74.17% dressage score, while Ella Boyle and WKD Cooley are best of the Irish in third place on 26.3 penalty points, as they scored 73.75% today.

Sweden’s Svennerstal is also out in front in the Connolly’s Red Mills CCI4*-S, this time with Bally Quantos, as the combination achieved a dressage score of 75.31% (24.7 penalty points). British riders hold the next two positions, Ailsa Wates with Woodlands Persuasion 73.13% (26.9 penalties), and Heidi Coy with Royal Fury 71.88% (28.1 penalty points). The leading Irish combination in this competition is Alex Donohoe and Guidam Roller, who scored 64.48% in their dressage for 35.5 penalty points.

Ireland’s Brian Kuenhle and Tullibards Now Or Never competing at Millstreet International Horse Trials on Thursday. Credit: Réaltín O’Shea.

Millie Dumas and Universal Cooley from Britain set the pace in the Eventing Ireland CCI3*-S, with a dressage score of 72.84% (27.2 penalty points), ahead of Ireland’s Katie O’Sullivan with Cooley Now Or Never, who were awarded 70.45% in their dressage today (29.6 penalties), with Arthur Duffort of France in third position with Brando de Cherel, as they scored 70.34% (29.7 penalty points).

Norway’s Nathalie Olsson Sanderson and Inchello DHI Yasmin lead The Irish Sport Horse Studbook CCIYH2*S 6yo after the completion of both the dressage and cross-country today. The combination is on an overall total of 28.3 penalty points. Ian Cassells and Woodendfarm Jack O D for Ireland are second (29.9 penalties), with Australian Kevin McNab with Vidalgo currently third, also on 29.9 penalty points.

The leader of Section A of the Gallivan Murphy Hooper Dolan CCI2*-S after the dressage and showjumping is Briton Izzy Hall with Greenvale Altered Image on 31.4 penalties, with another British rider John Paul Sheffield with Woodlander Wesuvio second, but on the same number of penalties. Ireland’s Cathal Daniels with Cappog Tomy is in third on 31.9 penalties.

Second B of the same event after the completion of both the dressage and showjumping is being lead by Irish Olympian Pádraig McCarthy and Fiveberry (30.3 penalties). British riders fill second and third places: John Paul Sheffield with Hikita is second on 31.0 penalties, while Sophie Byford and Handsome are third with 34.5 penalties.

Fiona Fitzgibbon and Kilcoltrim Dora representing Ireland in the dressage at Millstreet today. Credit: Réaltín O’Shea.

The visiting British riders hold a strong hand in The Equine Warehouse CCI2*-S for Ponies following the dressage stage. Jaymee Savill with Independent Johnny (29.6 penalties) leads Nancy Eadie with Sycamore Lad (30.8 pens), while Savill is also third with Knockmullen Flyer (31.4 penalties).

Friday will see the commencement of the cross-country at Drishane Castle, across the road from the Green Glens Arena, with dressage and showjumping continuing in some classes.

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