O'Neill, Holstein, Dunphy, Blake Farrell Win 2017 Irish Dressage Championships

 
Thu, 09/28/2017 - 08:25
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Anne Marie Dunphy and Urbanus are the 2017 Irish Grand Prix Champions
Photo © Alf Harvey
2017 Irish Dressage Championships

Pony rider Robyn O'Neill, small tour rider Heike Holstein and Grand Prix riders Anne Marie Dunphy and Sandra Blake Farrell became the winners in their respective divisions at the 2017 Irish Dressage Championships held at the Cavan Equestrian Centre on 22 - 24 September 2017.

Irish pony team rider Robyn O'Neill dominated the FEI Pony Championships on her 16-year old Dutch bred Belsasser. She won the team test with 67.821% and the individual test with 68.802%. New comer Sadhbh O’ Toole collected the silver aboard the 15-year old Dutch bred Schermeer Hof Arendsoog (by Le Matsjo x Cupkehof Winobert), who first had a CDI career under Dutch rider Franka Loos, before selling to the U.K. to Alicia Patrick. The palomino then sold to Ireland to become the schoolmaster for now junior rider Alana Cazabon Sullivan. With his new rider O'Toole he finished second in the team test with 67.244% and fourth in individual test with 60.610%. The bronze went to level newcomer Bonnie O'Reilly on Don Quixote III (by ). She was third in the team test with 65.577% and third in the individual with 64.390%.

Heike Holstein and her home bred mare Sambuca (by Samarant) replicated their small tour clean sweep at the Dressage Ireland national winter finals at the same venue in April, this time adding the national Prix St-Georges freestyle championships to both the Prix St-Georges and Intermédiare I championships. Holstein placed second in the Prix St-Georges championships with Charmeur, the same combination having won the Advanced championship. Heike has been national champion a record-breaking eleven times since her senior debut win at Powerscourt, Co. Wicklow in 1990 and is the most successful rider in the history of the Irish championships.

Reigning national champion Anne Marie Dunphy, from Co. Kilkenny, won the Grand Prix with Urbanus to retain her title at the Irish championships in Cavan Equestrian Centre.  "This is special" said a delighted Anne Marie "After winning last year in Barnadown to come back and win again with Urbanus is great. Urbanus and I plan to be back next year to defend our title."  The pair also won the Intermédiare II championship to add to their Grand Prix victory.   Sandra Blake Farrell announced that the 22-year-old gelding St Emillion (by Siant Cloud) had competed his last big tour class after they danced their way to victory in the Grand Prix Kür championship.

The first Irish national dressage championships were held in the Royal Dublin Society in 1977 when there were just thirty competitors in contrast to the record number of entries competing over three days this year.  To mark the fortieth anniversary, Ireland's first national champion Jacki Doherty received a special presentation and she presented the Grand Prix trophy to Anne Marie Dunphy.  Biggest absentees at the 2017 Irish Grand Prix Championships were of course Judy Reynolds, whose Vancouver K is recovering from an injury, and the British based Roland Tong who competed Ambience last at the June CDI Bolesworth.

Dressage Ireland chairman Joe Reynolds promised to open up the sport of dressage to more participants when appointed in August 2016. The introduction of the senior and junior Trailblazers championship classes at preliminary and novice level proved a big success with an additional arena added to the programme for the final day of the championships.  Joe's daughter, Irish Olympian Judy Reynolds, travelled from Germany to present the prizes.

Photo © Alf Harvey

Results - 2017 Irish Dressage Championships - Cavan

Pony Championship (two rounds team test, individual test)

  • 1. Belsasser - Robyn O’ Neill - 67.821 - 68.902 --- 68.362
  • 2. Schermeers Hof Arendsoog - Sadhbh O’ Toole - 64.679 -  66.341 --- 65.510 
  • 3. Don Quoixite III Bonnie O’ Reilly - 65.577 - 64.390 --- 64.984 
  • 4. Be My Snowflake Victoria Campbell - 67.244 - 60.610 --- 63.927 
  • 5. Mr Hale Bob Sive Kearney - 64.359 - 58.780 --- 61.570 
  • Diamand Anfrody - Robyn O’ Neill - DNS

Prix St Georges

  • 1. Sambuca - Heike Holstein - 68.816 
  • 2. Chameur - Heike Holstein - 68.092 
  • 3. VSH Beaulero - Carolyn Mellor - 67.763 
  • 4. Fanfarron - Courtney Stuart - 67.566 
  • 5. Cadens - Rachel Dowley - 66.447 
  • 6. Zidane - Lucinda Webb-Graham - 64.276 
  • 7. Early Warning - Danielle Carey - 63.618 
  • 8. Enigma - Dale Roberts - 63.224
  • 9. Warrington - Roisin Henry - 62.763 
  • 10. Let’s Go - Josephine Delahoyde - 62.237
  • 11. Snoop Dogg - Meabh Hennessy - 59.868 
  • 12. Beezies Big Brother - Simone Hession - 58.224
  • Vileberrie - Monica Dunne - DNS

Prix St Georges Kur to Music

  • 1. Sambuca - Heike Holstein -73.625
  • 2. Fanfarron -  Courtney Stuart - 71.313
  • 3. Cadens - Rachel Dowley -  70.375
  • 4. Let’s Go -  Josephine Delahoyde -  67.813
  • 5. Early Warning-  Danielle Carey -  63.813
  • 6. Snoop Dogg - Meabh Hennessy - 63.375
  • 7. Beezies Big Brother - Simone Hession - 62.188
  • Vileberrie - Monica Dunne - DNS

Intermediaire I

  • 1. Sambuca - Heike Holstein - 72.50
  • 2. Fanfarron -  Courtney Stuart -68.289
  • 3. VSH Beaulero - Carolyn Mellor - 67.039
  • 4. Cadens - Rachel Dowley - 65.855
  • 5. Enigma - Dale Roberts - 65.526
  • 6. Let’s Go - Josephine Delahoyde - 64.737
  • 7. Zidane - Lucinda Webb-Graham - 61.513
  • Warrington  - Roisin Henry - DNS

Intermediaire II

  • 1. Urbanus - Anne Marie Dunphy - 64.474 
  • 2. Saint Emilion - Sandra Blake Farrell - 63.224
  • 3. Salancio - Marguerite McSweeney - 60.789 

Grand Prix

  • 1. Urbanus  - Anne Marie Dunphy - 67.600
  • 2. Saint Emilion - Sandra Blake Farrell - 64.700
  • 3. Salancio -  Marguerite McSweeney - 61.900

Grand Prix Kur

  • 1. Saint Emilion - Sandra Blake Farrell - 66.313
  • 2. Salancio - Marguerite McSweeney -64.263

Related Links
Stuart, Dowley, Dunphy Win 2016 Irish Dressage Championships 
Cazabon-Sullivan, Reynolds, Tong Win 2015 Irish Dressage Championships
Judy Reynolds Wins 2014 Irish Dressage Championship
Roland Tong Wins the 2013 Irish Dressage Championships
Hamilton Dominates Star-Studded 2011 Irish Dressage Championships 
Sarah Mellor Wins 2010 Irish Grand Prix Championship
Truesdale Wins 2009 Irish Dressage Championships
Heike Holstein, 2007 Irish Dressage Champion

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