SHOW JUMPING – Leinster Summer Tour (LST) – Kieran Carey Wins at Warrington While Patrick Byrne Fills Top Two Places at Wexford Equestrian

1The South-East hosted a double bill of action in the 2014 Leinster Summer Tour (LST) this weekend, with Kieran Carey taking the winners prize at Warrington on Friday, while Patrick Byrne came out on top in round six of the series at Wexford Equestrian Centre on Saturday.

Warrington Equestrian Centre just outside Kilkenny played host to the fifth round of the series and riders from the host county dominated the competition, filling seven of the top eight places including the elusive winner’s rosette, which went to Kieran Carey riding the nine year old Swedish Warmblood Hip Boy.

One of five double clear rounds at the finish, Carey and the son of Hip Hop crossed the finish beams in 39.80 seconds to take the win, to add to a number of excellent recent results which included a third place finish in the National Grand Prix at Cork Summer Show a week earlier.

Jumping at his family’s own superbly run Warrington “Top Flight” Equestrian Centre just outside Kilkenny City, Eddie Moloney finished as runner-up with his own Harlequin mare Pashmina K when clear in 40.31, while fresh from his win in the Cork Summer Show Grand Prix, Ger O Neill took third place with the seven year old gelding Hyakari, who has already booked a place in this year’s Connolly’s RED MILLS 7&8 year old International class at the Dublin Horse Show.

Marion Hughes, who shares her time between her homes in Kilkenny and Portugal, slotted into fourth with HHS Flo, while another of the Moloney family, Eddie’s sister Ellie Moloney took fifth place with the last of the double clear rounds aboard Lord Hugo Warande Z, who is owned by United States based Richie Moloney.

Along with collecting the winners prize, Kieran Carey also took sixth place after finishing with the fastest four fault score in the jump off with CTS Peanuts.

Patrick Byrne Fills Top Two Places in LST at Wexford Equestrian

The Leinster Summer Tour moved south to Wexford Equestrian Centre on Saturday, where local rider Patrick Byrne scooped a one-two finish, taking both the winners prize and runner up spot.

In a competition sponsored by Borovalley Equine Clinic and The Farmers Kitchen Hotel Wexford, Patrick Byrne was the only rider to secure a double clear round, taking first place with the eight year-old Grange Bouncer stallion BGS Ocean View after finishing in 45.48 seconds.

Byrne also posted a double clear (40.31) with BGS Courage to take second place, a horse with whom he also finished second in the LST at the same venue in 2013.

Fresh from his win a day earlier in Warrington, Kieran Carey was back in the prizes, taking third place at Wexford with CTS Peanuts, finishing the jump-off with four faults in 38.87 seconds, while Dublin based Gary Quinn slotted into fourth place with the John Scally owned Limmerick gelding Mullinroe.

Jonathan Andrews riding The Hurricane finished the second round with eight faults to take fifth while Maria Byrne and BGS Juicyfruit took sixth with the fastest of the four fault score from round one.

The Leinster Summer Tour (LST), which is supported by the forthcoming Leinster region ‘Greyhound Night’ Fundraiser at Shelbourne Park, which takes place on Thursday 7th August during RDS Dublin Horse Show week, now moves to Tattersalls in Co Meath for the seventh round of the series on Saturday 26th July, before the action moves to the ever popular South County Dublin Horse Show on Sunday 3rd August.

RESULT – Leinster Summer Tour (LST) Round 5 Warrington Equestrian Centre Co Kilkenny 18/07/2014
Sponsored by Warrington Top Flight Equestian Centre
1. Kieran Carey/Hip Boy 0/0 39.80
2. Eddie Moloney/Pashmina K 0/0 40.31
3. Ger O Neill/Hyakari 0/0 44.78
4. Marion Hughes/HHS Flo 0/0 47.22
5. Ellie Moloney/Lord Hugo Warande Z 0/0 54.34
6. Kieran Carey/CTS Peanuts 0/4 40.14
7. Derek McConnell/ Calliaghstown Roxys Touch 0/4 47.72
8. Eddie Moloney/Luxroe 0/8 53.27

RESULT Leinster Summer Tour (LST) Round 6. Wexford Equestrian Centre Saturday 19/07/2014
Sponsored by Borovalley Equine Clinic and The Farmers Kitchen Hotel Wexford
1. Patrick Byrne/BGS Ocean View 0/0 45.48
2. Patrick Byrne/BGS Courage 0/0 47.65
3. Kieran Carey/CTS Peanuts 0/4 38.87
4. Gary Quinn/Mullinroe 0/7 55.55
5. Jonathan Andrews/The Hurricane 0/8 44.08
6. Maria Byrne/BGS Juicyfruit 4/ 74.76
7. Kieran Carey/Hip Boy 4/ 78.29
8. Gary Quinn/Renolli 4/ 79.91

Photo: Kieran Carey and Hip Boy who won the fifth round of the LST at Warrington, photo credit Sonya Dempsey