Wednesday, April 23, 2014




win for Edward Butler at Final leg of Tour


Co Meath’s Edward Butler claimed victory the final round of the H.S.I/Connolly's RED MILLS Spring Tour at Coilog in Co Kildare, after a thrilling jump off round with Caugherty, while for the third year in a row Daniel Coyle was crowned Spring Tour league Champion.
A high quality field of sixty-seven horses and riders went to post and a large group of seventeen went forward to the jump off with Butler and Angela Taggart’s Caugherty,(Limmerick x Flagmount Diamond) scoring a convincing win at the finish, their time of 36.13 seconds left them with over a second to spare over their nearest challenger.
Speaking after the competition which was sponsored by Coilog Eventing Ltd,  Edward Butler said,
 “It was as strong course today very technical, which wasn’t surprising considering it was the final round and with Louth County Show coming up next week. I am delighted for Caugherty’s owner Angela Taggart, the mare was off for a while last year with a minor injury, but she is back in great form now. My plan is to compete in the premiere series starting at Louth and hopefully get enough points to qualify for the Dublin Horse Show in August".
Another Meath based rider, Olympic bronze medallist Cian O Connor, took runner up spot with the eight year old gelding Saphir (Salito x Escudo I) who is owned by Canadian Nicole Walker, O Connor finishing as one of six double clear rounds in the competition, stopping the clock in 37.41 seconds.
Army rider Captain Geoff Curran slotted into third place, the Co Waterford native was aboard the Minister for Defence’s Shannondale Rahona (Ghyvan Z x Cavalier Royale), finishing just ahead of Sophie Dalm, a clear round in 39.91 seconds saw her finish in fourth place overall and as the leading young rider of the competition.
Cian O Connor was back in the prizes again taking fifth place with Cooper 81(Colman x Corrado I), just ahead of Edward Doyle Junior who finished sixth with Mullaghdrin Touch The Stars (Touchdown x Irco Mena).
Daniel Coyle Crowned 2014 Horse Sport Ireland/Connolly's RED MILLS Spring Tour Champion
Not surprisingly Daniel Coyle and Uptown Girl posted the fastest time of the class (36.03), but one fence down for the speed specialists saw them finish in seventh, although Coyle would still have been smiling all the way back to Derry after he was officially crowned the 2014 Horse Sport Ireland/Connolly's RED MILLS Spring Tour champion.
His incredibly consistent run of four Spring Tour wins and three third place finishes this year, contributing to what is now three Spring Tour league title wins in as many years. Daniel Coyle’s incredible achievement is all the more remarkable considering that the northerner is still in the young rider rankings.
Coyle was pushed all the way however by league runner up, Thomas O Brien from Galway, who ensured the overall title still hung in the balance heading into the final weekend, while Conor McEneaney also produced some excellent results to eventually finish third overall.
Another hugely successful Spring Tour comes to a close with huge credit due to all involved and at this stage few would bet against Daniel Coyle making it four in a row in 2015! 
The Horse Sport Ireland/Connollys RED MILLS Spring Tour, is also supported by the Show Jumpers Club, ShowjumpingIreland, Castlefield Sport Horses, Thermatex, Platinum by Harry Dabbs, Darragh Equestrian Solutions, and
Horse Sport Ireland/Connolly's RED MILLS Spring Tour, Final League Standings following Round 15 - Coilog 21/04/2014 
Daniel Coyle 74.5 points
Thomas O Brien 55
Conor McEneaney 37
Liam O Meara 29
James Hogg 27
Gerard Clarke 27
FULL RESULT - Horse Sport Ireland/Connolly's RED MILLS Spring Tour, Final Round, Coilog Co Kildare 21/04/2014, Sponsored by Coilog Eventing Ltd
1st Edward Butler/Caugherty 0/0 36.13  
2nd Cian O'Connor/Saphir 0/0 37.41 
3rd Capt. Geoff Curran/Shannondale Rahona 0/0 38.81   
4th Sophie Dalm/Unique 0/0 39.91 
5th Cian O'Connor/Cooper 81 0/0  40.15 
6th Edward Doyle Jnr/Mullaghdrin Touch The Stars 0/0 43.25 
7th Daniel Coyle/Uptown Girl 0/4 36.03  
8th Daniel Coyle/Zuidam 0/4 36.63  
9th Nicholas Butler/Beauty Van De Panneberg Hoeve 0/4 37.22  
10th Kellie Allen/Cara Touche 0/4 37.92  
67 Starters
17 into Jump Off
Highest Placed Young Rider - Sophie Dalm 
Best Turned Out -  Tztargazer - Declan Egan
Winning Owner - Angela Taggart
Daniel Coyle from Co Derry is the overall 2014 Horse Sport Ireland/Connolly's RED MILLS Spring Tour champion
Thomas O Brien from Co Galway is the 2014 Horse Sport Ireland/Connolly's RED MILLS Spring Tour runner up

SKY TV Next week

Young Riders - Coilog 3rd May - Qualifier for the National Championships is cancelled.

This leg of league will be relocated to Mullingar Equestrian - date to be confirmed and published in SJI Bulletin and on Mullingar Schedule.

Heights for these Qualifiers - 1.00/1.05cm, 1.10/1.15cm, 1.20/1.25cm

See SJI May Bulletin for details.



Warrington and Coilog this week end HSI Connolly's RED MILLS Spring Tour startlists

 The very best of luck to the two riders in contention for the Leading Prize in the HSI Connolly's RED MILLS Spring Tour 2014 on Monday - Daniel Coyle and Thomas O'Brien.

Warrington Sunday 20th April(Easter Sunday)

Coilog Monday 21st April(Mon)

Start lists for both days.



Irish Pony Team  competing to morrow at Fontainebleau, France on Nations Cup Team CSIOP


.THE four-strong Irish team who will take part in Saturday's show jumping Pony Nations' Cup at Fontainebleau was named this evening by Chef d'Equipe Tom Slattery as:

Michael Pender - Doon Laddie (CP)
Sean Monaghan - Attyrory Rebel
Hannah O'Shea - More Clover (ISH);
Jessica Kuehnle - Gold Digger Douglas (ISH)


Ireland's pony riders have been giving a good account of themselves at the French venue so far this weekend, with three wins and a clutch of top ten places.

Michael Pender and Dress To Thrill took first place in the CSIOP 1m25 speed class today, while Olivia Roulston and Ballygawleys Little Ferro (ISH) won the 1m15 CSIP Two Phase class, with Cormac Foley and Another Destiny (ISH) in second, and Nano Healy on Starfield Cuchullain (IRIP) placing third. Abigail McGeoghan-Santry and Garryndruig Churchill (ISH) were victorious in yesterday's Seven Year-Old competition, and took a fourth place in today's Seven Year-Old class.

In the Six Year-old class on Thursday, Michael Pender and Monroe Lad (CP) claimed the runner-up spot behind France's Nina Mallevaey  and Uhelem de Seille, while third went to Sean Monaghan and Quantum Caspian, with Roisin Fagan and Lynncot Fancy Pants (ISH) in fourth.

Roisin and Lynncot Fancy Pants placed second in the Six year-old competition today, with Sean Monaghan and Quantum Caspian in fourth. The class was again won by France's Nina Mallevaey  and Uhelem de Seille.



More Clover (ISH) – 2000 bay mare. Owner: Susan O’Shea. Rider: Hannah O’Shea (IRL)

Gold Digger Douglas (ISH) – 2004 grey gelding by Ard VDL Douglas (KWPN) out of Riverside Tilly (ISH). Bred by James Timmins, Co. Carlow. Owner: Sandra Duffy. Rider: Jessica Kuehnle (IRL)

Ballygawleys Little Ferro (ISH) – 2006 brown gelding by S Creevagh Ferro Ex Siebe (KWPN) out of Creevagh Dawn (IRIP). Bred by Ronnie Hollinger, Co. Monaghan. Owner: Mark Gallagher. Rider: Olivia Roulston (IRL)

Another Destiny (ISH) – 2000 bay gelding. Owner: Carmel King. Rider: Cormac Foley (IRL)

Garryndruig Churchill (ISH) – 2007 roan gelding by Vancouver (KWPN) out of Tullineaskey Punch (IRIP). Bred by Willie Santry, Co. Cork. Owner: Wayne Santry. Rider: Abigail McGeoghan-Santry (IRL)

Lynncot Fancy Pants (ISH) – 2008 brown gelding by Annaghmore Boomerang (BAH) out of Westside Lucy (UNK), by Westside Mirah (CP). Owner/Bred by Barbara Algar, Co. Westmeath. Rider: Roisin Fagan (IRL)

This information will also be available on HSI website
Colin McClelland
Press Officer


munster grand prix

Add Content...Photo Caption, From left, Gareth Connolly (Connolly's RED MILLS), Francis Connors (2013 Munster Grand Prix league Champion), John Geraghty (Connolly's RED MILLS) and Jerry Sweetnam from the Munster Grand Prix league organizing Committee, pictured at the launch of the 2014 Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix league at Ballylawn Stables in Co Waterford.


SJI Bulletin will be available for 6 euro at Mullingar, Warrington and Coilog this week end.


The Final two legs of the HSI Connolly's RED MILLS Spring Tour will take place this week end at Warrington on Sunday and Coilog Equestrian on Monday.


Please support these two shows.

In the lead at the moment in the Tour is Daniel Coyle on 60 points with Thomas O'Brien clipping on his heal with 52 points.

Castlefield Sporthorses kindly sponsored a section of the Tour 2000 euro.  In contention for prizes in this section at the moment going into the last two legs  -

Moonlite Cavalier    Conor Mc Eneaney
Hector Van D'Abdijhoeve    Thomas O'Brien
Touch of Porsch    Daniel Coyle(joint)
Queen Lux    Nicolas Butler(joint

Others may gain points on Sun and Mon and come into the placiongs


SJI office closes this evening for the Easter Break so dont forget your entries must be in by 4pm shar.p



Will you please put the following information on to the training web site.
Training in Ravensdale Lodge with Johnny O Connell on Tuesdays the 29th April
and the 6th and 13th May 2014.This training is part of the Mackey five bar training scheme
and is open to all members.
To book your place please phone Rose Mary on 086 0444068 after 5pm.

Darragh wins in Wellington


Start lists for HSI Connolly's Spring Tour this week end at Kernan's and Maryville can be found on SJI website.




(27 Mar 2014)


OFFALY'S Darragh Kenny added to Ireland's rich haul of accumulated prize money at the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival in Palm Beach, Florida today (Thursday) when he won 8,000 euro for first place in the five-star speed class aboard Postage Stamp Farm's Kannan gelding Prof de la Roque.

Prof de la Roque has had several top placings throughout the FTI WEF circuit, but Kenny noted that this was actually his first win. "It only took 12 weeks to do it," he joked. "He is a super competitive horse. He was second in a 1.50m and he was second, third, and fourth in some of the other world ranking speed classes. He has been a really good horse for me, and today he was fantastic."

"He is a little bit odd, but he wants to leave the jumps up," Kenny explained. "You can go as fast as you can go with him. You can go so fast, it is unbelievable, and he just wants to miss the jumps. He is actually really easy to ride and he is really fun. He is just better when he is going a lot."

"I couldn't believe I was faster than McLain, actually, because McLain was flying," Kenny said of his round, when McLain Ward and Zander were relegated to second place.

"I think after the double of liverpools, there was seven strides to the vertical, and then I turned really, really, really tight after that vertical to the next vertical. He is really great because he lands really soft at the back of the jump, so you can turn very tight."
Speaking about his history with the horse, Kenny explained, "I have had him for a little bit. I jumped him in a couple of world cups during indoors, and now in Old Salem he will jump the grand prix classes and in Spruce Meadows he will jump some of the bigger classes. He jumped one or two grands prix down here good with one down, really unlucky, but he is also great because he can do those classes too and win in the speed classes also. That was his last class of the circuit today, so we went out with a bang."

Fellow Irish rider Ronan McGuigan and the gelding Capall Zidane, who have already won a  Grand Prix at the Florida festival, picked up another 3,700 euro today when finishing third behind Kenny.

Olympian Cian O'Connor also featured today, taking eighth place with the mare Quidam's Cherie in the big jump-off class that was won by the USA's Beezie Madden and Cortes C, while in the opening competition on Wednesday Darragh Kenny slotted Alpha VDL into third, with Kilkenny's Richie Moloney adding to the strong Irish presence with a sixth place on the Dutch-bred Alsvid.

In what is the last week of the international festival at the Palm Beach showgrounds in Wellington, Irish competitors will be hoping for a further share of the prize money in Saturday's final Grand Prix, when half a million US dollars will be on offer to the top-ranked finishers.

information from HSI Press Officer


Show Jumping Ireland Mackey Bar Three Assessment Day

The Show Jumping Ireland Mackey Bar Three Assessment Day The Mackey Bar three Assessment day will be held in Raheen Na Gun Stud Dunningstown Road Kilkenny on Monday the 21st April 2014 (Easter Monday). Riders who have not all ready been put forward by their trainers and wish to be assessed should make contact with their coaches and then with Rose Mary Rice.


Places for the assessment will be allocated on a first on the list basic. There will be assessment days in other parts of the region later in the year. On the day of the assessment you will be required to ride some basic flat work movements and jump a track of fence at 1.10 metre. All the information of the tests is in the Mackey Bar Three log book. Please note full show turnout is required. For more detail phone Rose Mary Rice on 086 0444068

Meeting to morrow night

 Leinster Training

Attention all members


All the training in the Leinster region includes the Five Bar training scheme supported by Mackey Ireland. Training in the Leinster Region is open to all members. A very successful assessment day was held at Knightsfield Stud.


Eleven young athletes’ attendant and John Ledingham tested them on both their flat work and over a track of1.20mtr fences. The completion for the four regional places was strong. On behalf of Leinster Region I thank all those who took part in the assessment and their parents for their time and effort they put into to supporting training provided by the region.


The riders who will attend the National Clinic in April are Shauna Commins, Taylor Cummins, Anna Duff and Mark Murphy. There are two reserve riders Eoghan Murphy and Sarah Brandon. Leinster Training Venues and Dates Venue Dates Trainer Wexford Wexford Equestrain 28th May 4th and 11th June Ian Fearon Wexford Equestrain 9th 16th and 30th July Ian Fearon Kilkenny Castlekelly Growan 5th, 12th and 26 April Roddy Dean Kildare Longfield Farm 9th,16th and 23rd April Derek Mc Connell Knights field Eq. 23rd, 30th April and 7th May Gerry Flynn Westmeath Mullingar E.C 28th April 12th and 19th May Mary Ellen Rice Mullingar E.C 29th April 6th and 13th May Ian Fearon Mullingar E.C. 20th and 27th May Ian Fearon To book all the above training please phone Rose Mary on 0860444068

Meeting to morrow night


Horse Sport Ireland, the Royal Dublin Society and Teagasc are working together to outline a strategy for the sport horse sector of the Irish Equine industry for the period to 2025.

< To aid the development of this strategy, the Irish Sport Horse Industry Strategy Committee will hold regional meetings for all those involved in the industry.

< The strategy will outline the key actions needed: (a) to ensure that the sector contributes, to the maximum possible extent, to our export-led economic recovery and (b) to increase the income of horse breeders, producers and the wider supply chain.

< The venues and dates are as follows: • Wednesday, 26 March, in the Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim, Co. Meath • Thursday, 3 April, in Hotel Kilkenny, College Road, Kilkenny • Friday, 4 April, in Carrigaline Court Hotel, Co. Cork • Tuesda,y 8 April, in The Lady Gregory, Gort, Co. Galway

< All those involved in the sport horse industry are encouraged to attend. The meetings will commence at 7.30pm sharp each evening. We require those interested to confirm their attendance, by Monday, 24 March.

< R.S.V.P. to or by telephone to Elaine Rispin, Teagasc (046) 9061114. Written submissions outlining suggestions under the following headings to aid the development of this strategy are also being sought:

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Temporary Tickets

Article 294N.2 A Temporary Ticket may be purchased at the show at an additional cost to the entry fee.

This is available to members and non-members for animals not currently registered, or without a current registration ticket to hand.

Registered animals competing on a Temporary Ticket may take part in their normal class but may not compete in any competition on a registered ticket on the same day and are not eligible for grading points or prize money.

Unregistered animals may participate in the relevant category i.e. correct pony height, or relevant metre class.

Members allowed jump on temporary tickets in all classes where temporary tickets are currently allowed at €5.

Non-members allowed to jump on temporary tickets up to: Horses: 1m


Glencarrig Lady League, Newcomers, U8/U10, 128cm up to 128 80cms,

138cm up to 138 90cms,

148cm up to 148 1.00m at €10.

Athletes jumping on Temporary Tickets cannot jump against the clock.

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Date: 7th August, 2014


Venue: Shelbourne Park Greyhound Track

Time 7pm

Why not take your friends to a night out after a days jumping in RDS

10 euro per person (children free) -


If you would to sponsor a race (250 euro),  a dog (25 euro), buy a ticket 10 euro -  Please contact one of the names below. – Thank you


Sallyanne Tobin  - 0862681215,

Pat Mc Cormack - 0863348423,

Marian Murphy – 0872615341

Christy Murphy – 0868630764

All proceeds will go back into the sport

Why not join us when you are up for the Show(RDS)



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