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Following his win at Lanaken, three-time World Championship winner Ger O’Neill said: “A fantastic day, I was a winner here in 2016 with a six-year-old and back again in 2017. It’s very nice to come back and win it again. It’s a great feeling at a World Championship, it’s unbelievable to win it. Huge thanks to Greg and Cheryl Broderick and to Kevin Babington, who own and bred the horse, and everyone out here giving me a hand. It’s really a team effort from Ireland here, which is huge, and to win on an Irish horse is also fantastic.”
Ireland’s Show Jumping Team Manager for the Championships in Lanaken, Jack Doyle said: “It’s really great to get results like this in a World Final, Ger did a fantastic job, as always in the Five-year-old final and for Ethen to follow-up with another Irish win in the six-year-old final made it a day to remember.”
Dr Sonja Egan, Head of Breeding, Innovation and Development at Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) said: “Huge congratulations to Ger O’Neill for piloting ‘BP Goodfellas’ (ISH) to victory, taking expert control of a competitive jump-off in the five-year-old final. And of course, to the breeders for breeding a Five-year-old World Championship winner. Very well done to Kevin Babington, Greg Broderick and Cheryl Broderick and the wider GBBS Int. team.
“It was fantastic to see Irish Sport Horses do the double and also take victory in the Six-year-old final to cap a fantastic week of jumping. Ethen did a beautiful job of balancing speed and accuracy. Pat Kehoe has done a wonderful job of breeding and retaining ‘ABC Saving Grace’ (ISH), who has come up though Horse Sport Ireland’s national breeding initiatives and the HSI Studbook Series. These programmes, and the teams participation at Lanaken, are supported by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine. We are extremely grateful for this support for our Irish horses, breeders, and producers. A day like this demonstrates the value of these programmes in producing the best in the world. Congratulations again to all of our riders, owners and producers for a wonderful week of jumping in Lanaken.”
Horse Sport Ireland CEO Denis Duggan commented: “Congratulations to all our riders on their phenomenal results here in Lanaken. To Ger O’Neill on such a magnificent round and performances over the course of the competition with ‘BP Goodfellas’ (ISH), bred by Kevin Babington and Greg Broderick’s Ballypatrick Stables in the five-year-old final and to Ciaran Moran who placed eighth.
“We had another outstanding performance from Ethen Ahearne and the Irish Sport Horse ‘ABC Saving Grace’, owned and bred by Patrick Kehoe, to take Ireland’s second World Championship medal win of the day in the six-year-old final. Great credit is due to the Irish riders, breeders and owners, who are out in force at Lanaken this year. The Studbook Series at home is the preparation series for Lanaken, and success here proves how important the Studbook Series Classes are for our breeders.
“Reaching the World Breeding Championships, and especially winning here, provides our breeders and owners with a wonderful ‘shop window’ to the world of buyers who gather here. Ultimately, we do want to be able to keep the best of our horses, however that’s not always possible and our industry at home is dependent on overseas sales to ensure a vibrant market and industry. The FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championship for Young Horses in Lanaken provides the opportunity to showcase the best of our breeding and for breeders to make those all important sales too,” he concluded.
BP Goodfellas (ISH) – 2017 gelding by Stakkato Gold (HANN), out of Goodwins Loyalty (ISH) by O.B.O.S. Quality (OLD) bred by Kevin Babington & GBBS International Ltd, owned by GBBS International Ltd, ridden by Ger O’Neill.
Greenhall Mullord (ISH) – 2017 gelding by Dignified Van’t Zorgvliet (BWP), out of Millennium Cruise (ISH) by Cruising (ISH) bred by Derry Rothwell owned by Margaret Fennell ridden Ciaran Moran.
ABC Saving Grace (ISH) – 2016 mare by Kannan (KPWN), out of Ardnehue Diamond Cruiser (ISH)(TIH) by Cruising (ISH)(TIH). Breeder and Owner: Patrick Kehoe. Rider: Ethen Ahearne (IRL).
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