PIGGY French (GBR) and the Irish Sport Horse Cooley Dream Extreme claimed the bronze medal in the 6 year-old division at the 2014 FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses at Le Lion D’Angers last weekend.
The British rider has now won three medals in the four years that she has competed at the championships – all of which have come riding Irish Sport Horses. Bred by Mayo’s Frank Gordon the six year-old bronze medal winner Cooley Dream Extreme (ISH) is by Hartwell Stud’s Cruising (ISH) out of the Ramiro B (BWP) mare The Dreamseeker (ISH).
Three additional six year-old Irish Sport Horses recorded top twenty finishes in the 6yo section. New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson & Swallow Springs (ISH) by Chillout (ISH), were 9th while two French Buffet progeny also finished in the top 10. Castlerichmond SRS (ISH) with Roberto Rotatori (ITA) who finished 13th and Kilnaboy Buffet(ISH) with Austria’s Katrin Khoddam-Hazrati who finished in 16th .
SRS Cooley was the highest placed Irish Sport Horse in the seven year-old section, at the French venue finishing in 9th place under Oliver Townend (GBR). By Ramiro B (BWP) the bay gelding was bred by John Fitzhenry in County Wexford.
Also in the top 20 was Ireland’s eighteen year-old Cathal Daniels who made his Le Lion d’Angers debut and finished 16th with Rioghan Rua (ISH), bred and owned by Margaret Kinsella in County Galway. This combination has already contributed to two European Junior gold team medals for Ireland in 2013 and 2014 and won an individual European silver medal in 2014.