Pender and Ryan both top the podium in Abu Dhabi

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U25 GRAND PRIX: Jack Ryan and ‘KBS Major Player’ (ISH) won the SERC U25 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi. (FW05-534NN)

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clear when first to go in the jump-off with ‘Caravelli’, however, Ryan finished almost a second faster to take the winner’s prize of €6,350.

WELL DONE: Jack Ryan and ‘KBS Major Player’ (ISH) receiving his prize for winning the SERC U25 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi. (FW05-533NN)

Podium finish for Pender and HHS Calais in Abu Dhabi World Cup Grand Prix

Mikey Pender completed a hugely impressive few days at the four-star show in Abu Dhabi, UAE, by taking a third place finish with the Irish Sport Horse ‘HHS Calais’ in Saturday’s Longines FEI World Cup Grand Prix, which was part of the Arab League.

Pender was one of 12 riders who made it through to the jump-off after he jumped a perfect clear first round with the nine-year-old gelding ‘HHS Calais’ (ISH), who is owned by Miguel Bravo and Marion Hughes. He took the lead early in the jump-off with another clear against the clock in 39.88 seconds, which would prove good enough for third place at the finish. Germany’s Christian Ahlmann took the winner’s prize with ‘Solid Gold Z’ (39.16), while Abdel Said (EGY) finished as runner-up with ‘Arpege du Ru’ (39.49).


HHS Fortune (ISH) – 2011 mare by Catoki (HOLST) out of HHS Daisy (ISH) by ARD VDL Douglas (KWPN). Breeder and owner: Marion Hughes, Co. Kilkenny. Rider: Michael Pender (IRL).

KBS Major Player (ISH) Sire OBOS Quality (OLD), Dam Tattygar Lasts Rolo (ISH), Sire of Dam High Roller (ISH) Bred by Peter Rice, owned by KBS Sporthorses

WINNING ROUND: Mikey Pender and ‘HHS Fortune’ (ISH) on their way to winning the Al Shira’aa Derby in Abu Dhabi. (FW05-532NN)

HHS Calais (ISH) – 2011 gelding by Cavalier Royale (HOLST) out of MHS OBOS Cruise (ISH) by OBOS Quality (OLD). Breeder: Ita Brennan, Co. Kilkenny. Owner: Bravo Hughes Ltd. Rider: Michael Pender (IRL).


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