SHOW JUMPING – Peter Smyth and Paddy O Donnell Are Weekend Winners In LST Round’s At South County Dublin And Raheen Na Gun Stud

 delilaThe Leinster Summer Tour (LST) featured a double bill of action over the bank holiday weekend, with South County Dublin Horse Show hosting round eight of the series on Sunday, before the action moved to Raheen Na Gun Stud in Kilkenny City, for the ninth round on Monday.

Northern Ireland’s Peter Smyth scored his second LST win of the season at South County Dublin Show, which was held at Coilog Equestrian Centre in Co Kildare. The Tyrone native claimed a hard fought win with Sigrid Jackel’s ten year old Aldato gelding Almiro, adding to the winner’s rosette Smyth secured in the second leg of the series at Ravensdale with Admiran Cassio.
Derry born Daniel Coyle had an incredible weekend at South County, along with winning both the National Grand Prix and Premiere Series, Coyle finished as runner up in the LST, which was sponsored by Margaret & Davy Jordan(Chairman of SCDH), with Linzi Johnson’s super mare Uptown Girl.
Dublin based Gary Quinn took third place with the John Scally owned nine year old gelding Renolli, just ahead of John Floody who grabbed fourth place with the eight year old Ard VDL Douglas mare Toscana.
Peter Smyth added to his winnings by taking fifth place with Admiran Cassio and in the process this combination moved to the top of the LST league table on 25 points.
The Leinster Summer Tour moved to Raheen Na Gun Stud on the outskirts of Kilkenny City on bank Holiday Monday, where riders continued their preparations for this week’s Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show.
The Ger O Brien owned venue at Raheen Na Gun, has developed into a top class facility, with the footing the main and practice arena’s, some of the best in Ireland.
Kilkenny riders featured strongly in the final line-up at Raheen, however it was Co Waterford’s Paddy O Donnell who took the winners prize with Declan McGivern’s Hey There Delilah.
The 12 year-old grey mare, who is by Boherdeal Clover, was one of six double clear rounds, posting a winning time of 31.70 seconds.
Kilkenny show jumping had plenty to celebrate over the bank holiday weekend, with fifteen year old Susan Fitzpatrick, who is a regular competitor at Raheen Na Gun Stud, taking a superb bronze medal at the European Pony Championships in Millstreet Co Cork. The Fitzpatrick family had further cause to celebrate on Monday, as Isacorada, who is owned by Susan’s mum Sharon Fitzpatrick from Keatingstown House Stud in Kilkenny, took runner up spot in the LST under the guidance of Ger O Neill.
Marion Hughes took third place with her own Heritage Fortunus mare HHS Flo, just ahead of Derek McConnell and Calliaghstown Roxys Touch who finished fourth. Ger O Neill completed an excellent day’s work, by also taking fifth place with the eight year old Toulon gelding Go For It, while Kildare based Catriona Fallon slotted into sixth position with Clane K.
With the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show and Millstreet International looming large, the LST takes a two week break before the tenth round of the series at Coilog on 23 August.
However the Leinster Region fundraiser to support this series takes place this Thursday, with Show Jumping “Going To The Dogs”, for what promises to be a brilliant night out at Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium.
Just minutes from the RDS arena in Ballsbridge, this Greyhound Night fundraiser is the “Place to Be” on this Thursday night 7 August, but in order to support this very worthy cause, tickets which cost just €10 including raffle, must be booked in advance with Sallyanne Tobin  – 0862681215 or Marian Murphy – 0872615341, who will both also be in attendance at the RDS on Wednesday and Thursday for those wishing to purchase tickets.
Result – Leinster Summer Tour (LST) –  Round 8  – South County Dublin Horse Show 03/08/2014
Sponsored by Margaret & Davy Jordan(Chairman of SCDH)
1st Peter Smyth/Almiro
2nd Daniel Coyle/Uptown Girl
3rd Gary Quinn/Renolli
4th John Floody/Toscana
5th Peter Smyth/Admiran Cassio
6th Eddie Moloney/Pashmina K
7th John Floody/Schenik
8th Gary Quinn/Mullinroe
Result – Leinster Summer Tour (LST) –  Round 9  – Raheen Na Gun Stud  Co Kilkenny 04/08/2014, 
Sponsored by Raheen Na Gun Stud
1. Paddy O Donnell/Hey There Delilah 0/0 31.70
2. Ger O Neill/Isacorada 0/0 32.31
3. Marion Hughes/HHS Flo 0/0 34.08
4. Derek McConnell/Calliaghstown Roxys Touch 0/0 38.36
5. Ger O Neill/Go For It 0/0 38.58
6. Catriona Fallon/Clane K 0/0 38.59
7. Martin Hynes/Galway Brigade 0/4 39.36
8  Marion Hughes/HHS Dublin 0/6 51.01
15 Starters
 8 Into Jump-off

Photo Caption; Paddy O Donnell and Hey There Delilah, who won the ninth round of the Leinster Summer Tour (LST) at Raheen Na Gun Stud in Co Kilkenny, photo Sonya Dempsey