Stunning performance sees Irish horses and riders claim multiple medals at World Breeding Championship

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VICTORY: Above right, Seamus Hughes-Kennedy collects the winner’s trophy following victory with ‘Cuffesgrange Cavadora’ (ISH) in the seven-year-old World Championship Final in Lanaken, as his mum and winning owner Clare Hughes (bottom right) watches on. (FW39-546NN)

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“LAST year ‘Cavadaro’ finished fourth in the Six-Year-Old Final with Ger O’Neill in the saddle. They were clear and in the lead until the last few competitors, but just missed out on a medal, so I’m very pleased we’ve earned gold today,” said the talented young Irish rider. The future is already mapped out for this winning pair it seems.

ON A ROLL: Below right, Mikey Pender (left) collects his second silver medal following his runner-up finish with ‘MHS Cardenta’ (ISH) in the six-year-old final in Lanaken. (FW39-545NN)

“We’re going for European Junior Gold next year!” said the rider’s mother, Clare Hughes, who also owns the winning horse.

Horse Sport Ireland CEO Ronan Murphy added: “This has been a memorable World Breeding Championships for our horses and riders. To take home two gold and two silver medals against the best young horses in the world is another huge boost for the Irish Sport Horse industry. I want to congratulate all our riders, owners and, of course, the breeders of all our horses and the entire team who represented Ireland brilliantly at these Championships this week.”


Rockwell RC (ISH) F by Kannan (KWPN) out of Urban Sea (ISH) by Guidam (SF). Breeder: Ronan Byrne. Owner: Kevin Crumley. Ridden by Jason Foley.

Chacco Bay (OLDBG) by Chaccato out of Heops. Breeder: Alfons Brueggehagen. Owner: Hiltrup Sporthorses GmbH. Ridden by Michael Pender.

MHS Cardenta (ISH) F by Cardento (HOLST) out of Willow Point (ISH) by Diamond Serpent (ISH). Breeder: Thomas Brennan. Owner: Bravo Hughes Ltd. Ridden by Michael James Pender.

Be Aware (ISH) by Pacino (BWP) out of Warrenstown Well Aware (ISH) by Cruising (ISH). Breeder & owner: Ronan Tynan. Ridden by Vincent Byrne.

ON THE PODIUM: Jason Foley (centre) and Mikey Pender (left) stand on the podium after winning Gold and Silver medals respectively at the FEI WBFSH Show Jumping World Breeding Championship for Young Horses in Lanaken. (FW39-544NN)

Cuffesgrange Cavadora (ISH) by Z Wellie 72 (KWPN) out of Cuffesgrange Cavalidam (ISH) by Luidam (KWPN). Breeder: Eamonn Sheahan. Owner: Clare Hughes. Ridden by Seamus Hughes Kennedy.


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