The second and final round of Young Horse Qualifiers for the November Irish Masters, took place on Wednesday (October 29th) at Emerald International Equestrian Centre in Co Kildare.

Open to five, six and seven year-old horses, riders were hoping to grab one of the 15 qualifying places on offer in each of the three age categories ahead of the Irish Masters at Emerald which boasts a €55,000 prize-fund and runs fromNovember 14th to 16th.


Action got underway with the 5-year-old qualifier for the €3,000 CT PR and Event Management final at the Irish Masters, where Tipperary’s Liam O Meara, who was making his first visit to Emerald, came out on top after a brilliant round with Rossmore Clover. Owned by Martin O Meara, Rossmore Clover is a daughter of Boherdeal Clover out of a dam by Coolcorron Cool Diamond and the pairing finished fractionally ahead of Phillip Carey who took runner up spot with the Jim O Neill owned mare Castlefield Bella who is by O.B.O.S Quality out of a Puissance dam.

Phillip Carey also filled third place Sven Hadley’s Castlefield Bella who is also by O.B.O.S Quality and out of a Political Merger dam, while fourth place went to Tomas O Brien with Duke of Tell.

Jenny Rankin riding Beech Hill Lucia and Tholm Keane with BMH Big Time completed the top six, both these combinations having already qualified at their first Emerald outing a week previous.


The 6 year-old qualifier for the €3,000 Bourns Sport Horses final at the Irish Masters saw another huge start-list and having already tasted victory in the 5 year-old qualifier, Liam O Meara was once again in unstopable form, this time taking the winners rosette with Curraghgraigue Jack Take Flight. This son of Jacomar was the winner of the Millstreet Ruby final as a five year-old and finished among the prizes in the Boomerang final at the Co Cork venue this year.

Not content with two wins already to his name at Emerald, Liam O Meara also finished as runner-up with the Errigal Flight sired Kennys Flight who is out of a Cruising dam, while Francis Connors slotted into third place with the bay mare Casimira, owned by F.L Sport Horses, Casimira is by Camiro de Haar Z out of a dam by Creevagh Into Touch.

JP McGranaghan riding Lismeen Ludam took fourth  place, with Neal Fearon in fifth with Cavalino and Phillip McGuane sixth with Grupello Z.


The final competition of the day was the 7 year-old qualifier and Liam O Meara’s run of wins was brought to an end by Edward Butler, who had over a second in hand over his nearest rivals after a brilliant winning round with Rincoola Rua. The Harold McGahern owned mare is by Diamant de Semilly while her dam Rincoola Abu is by Crusing.

Clem McMahon was another rider making his first visit to Emerald and he grabbed runner up spot with the Susan Stewart owned Heartbreaker gelding Hawkswings, just ahead of Francis Connors who took third place with the Arko sired Argento Cruise who is owned by Una Flynn who also owned this grey gelding’s dam Cruiseway.

Paddy O Donnell with Harristown Gold finished fourth, while Edward Doyle took fifth with Chirokko M, just ahead of Sean Kavanagh and Brookwood Supersonic in sixth.


The Emerald International Irish Masters runs from November 14th – 16th 2014 and features top class show jumping competitions with massive prize-fund of €55,000, along with a host of Masterclasses from top Show Jumping and Eventing riders.

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Full Result – Emerald International Equestrian Centre Co Kildare – 29/10/2014 – 5 Year-Old Horses – Prize Fund €500

Qualifier for the €3,000 CT PR and Event Management 5 year old Final at Emerald November Irish Masters 

1. Liam O Meara/Rossmore Clover 0/0 27.50

2. Phillip Carey/Castlefield Bella 0/0 27.69

3. Phillip Carey/Castlefield Capri 0/0 27.83

4. Thomas O Brien/Duke of Tell 0/0 27.86

5. Jenny Rankin/Beech Hill Lucia 0/0 28.30 (already qualified)

6. Tholm Keane/BMH Big Time 0/0 28.57 (already qualified)

Also qualified – Francis Connors/Drumiller Houdini – Catherine Thornton/Graf Balouprint – Thoms O Brien/Carramore Charlie – Alexander Butler/CSF Voldo – Linda Courtney/LCC Troy – Paul Devlin – LCC Puss N Boots – Clem McMahon/Jabab De Reve – Ger O Neill/Castlefield Gucci – Clem McMahon/Jaranja De Reve – Thomas O Brien/Lumineer – JP McGranaghan/Hermes De Cavalier

Results – Emerald International Equestrian Centre Co Kildare – 29/10/2014  – 6 Year-Old Horses –  Prize Fund €500

Qualifier for €3,000 Bourns Sport Horses 6 year-old Final at Emerald November Irish Masters

1. Liam O Meara/Curraghgraigue Jack Take Flight 0/0 24.57

2. Liam O Meara/Kennysflight 0/0 26.81

3. Francis Connors/Casimira 0/0 27.97

4. JP McGranaghan/Lismeen Ludam 0/0 28.00

5. Neal Fearon/Cavalino 26 0/0 28.50

6  Philip McGuane/Grupello Z 0/0 28.61

Also qualified – Catherine Thornton/Galway Bay Easy Touch – Richard Kerins/Mr Jaco – Declan Egan/Dior – Robert Harrison/Landlystes Rubina – Paul Kennedy/Cartown Rubber Bandit – Jessica Kuehnle/Tullibards Bennys Legacy – Paddy O Donnell/Grageelagh Macalla – Catherine Thornton/MHS Super Trooper – Nicky Galligan/Creevagh Gent

Full Result – Emerald International Equestrian Centre Co Kildare – 29/10/2014 – 7 Year-Old Horses – Prize Fund €500 

Qualifier for the €3,000 7 year-old Final at Emerald November Irish Masters

1. Edward Butler/Rincoola Rua 0/0 24.54

2. Clem McMahon/Hawkswings 0/0 26.02

3. Francis Connors/Argento Cruise 0/0 29.64

4. Paddy O Donnell/Harristown Gold 0/0 29.82

5. Edward Doyle/Chirokko M 0/0 32.49

6. Sean Kavanagh/Brookwood Supersonic 0/4 38.90

Also qualified – Edward Butler/CSF Whiterock Cruise – Patrick McNamara/Master Holiday – Declan McEvoy/Moon Zappa – Robert Harrison/Holly Castleforbes – Declan McEvoy/Little Guidam – Alexander Butler/Royal Dublin PKZ – Mark Cleary/Coletta – Alexander Butler/Emerald Cruz –