Galway’s Cathal Daniels won the Global Event Horses CCI4*-S competition on the closing day of the recent Fernhill Sport Horses Kilguilkey International Horse Trials in Co. Cork.
Riding the Irish Sport Horse LEB Lias Jewel, 2018 World Equestrian Games team silver medallist Daniels added just 6.4 time penalties Cross Country to his Dressage score to finish on a final score of 39.7.
‘This was the mare’s first step up to four-star level,’ said Daniels after his win. ‘Kilguilkey is a very special event and the cross country tracks are perfect for stepping horses up to the next level.”
Second place went to Aoife Clark with the Irish Sport Horse Fernhill Adventure on a score of 43.8, while Sarah Ennis with another Irish Sport Horse, BLM Diamond Delux finished third with a score of 44.5.
The Plusvital CCI3*-S at Kilguilkey International saw Australian rider Kevin McNab successfully defended his title with the Irish Sport Horse Fernhill Tabasco.
The win saw McNab earn his first points in the 2019 Horse Sport Ireland €10,000 Eventing Challenge, where riders are vying for league points at Irish International horse trials across the summer in the hope of putting their name on the cheque at the final leg in Ballindenisk, Co. Cork this September.
The British-based rider now looks set to return to the remaining legs of the series in an effort to take home the bonus for the second consecutive year. Runner-up Sam Watson (Imperial Sky (ISH)(TIH) moves to the top of the leaderboard ahead of the next leg at Camphire International Horse Trials in Co. Waterford later this month.