Sarah and Greenhall Granuaile gallop into the record books
History was made at the final Lightsource BP Tyrella event of 2021 when Sarah Ennis, riding Greenhall Granuaile ended on a breathtaking score of 6.5 in the EI 100 ‘A’ section.
This very striking seven year old dappled grey mare, owned by Sarah, made his evening debut at Punchestown last year and was awarded this incredible mark at Tyrella by FEI Judge, Vanda Stewart. The combination went on to deliver a double clear which earned them the accolade of best dressage score and best finishing score in Eventing Ireland since Equiratings began over ten years ago!
Rosie Alcorn and Centre Fold Belle, her eight year old gelding by Centrestage, took the runner up spot with a great flatwork mark of 24 which, on a normal day, would have marked an impressive win as, indeed, they did at Tyrella 3.
The ‘B’ section of the EI 100 class saw victory go to Joseph Murphy on his five year old Orestus mare, My Foxhall Kit which was a step up from their second placing last week. Jonathan Steele, the recently appointed chair of the Northern Region’s rider sub committee, came in fractionally behind on his six year old Centrestage mare, R Kidd.
The Open 115 class this week was topped by Alex Houston and Clover Echo who led from the outset to gain their first win at this level. Sarah Ennis was less than one point adrift with Breda Kennedy’s very accomplished twelve year old gelding, Horseware Woodcourt Garrison. Ann Bowe’s Hi Mr Henry, an eight year old gelding by Cruising Harry, replicated its performance from its first outing this season at Blackstairs, to take the win in the EI 115 class judged by Rosie Gomes. They finished on their dressage score, 0.4 penalties ahead of Wellan Graffiti, piloted by Molly Evans. This combination are certainly making their presence felt as they pocketed one win and two runner up spots in as many weeks.
Once again Adam Haugh had a full complement of horses at the Co Down venue where he claimed the red rosette in the EI 110 Open class with Carsonstown Cruise, having moved down a level from last week after having retired in the 115 class.
Jonathan Steele claimed his second runner up place of the day on board, Bellablue, Susan Sullivan’s ten year old Radolin mare who added nothing to the first phase mark given by Will McAuley.
Lucca Stubington stole the show in the EI 110 class with Patricia MacKean and Georgia Stubington’s Xanthe Green an eight year old home bred mare by Sir Shutterfly out of Daisy M. They added just 0.4 Showjumping time penalty to the dressage score awarded by Janet Hall. Cooley rider, Katie O”Sullivan, was 1.3 penalty points adrift on Cooley Rules.
There was certainly plenty to celebrate at Tullymurry on Saturday evening as Elaine O’Connor made her return to competitive eventing by taking the win in the EI 90 class after a break of four years. Elaine was partnering Sir Barnabus, a twelve year old gelding owned by Barry Fletcher who kept a clean slate across both jumping phases. The dressage leaders, Johnny Mulligan riding David Kirkpatrick’s Nazar gelding, Redwood Diamond Jack, had to settle for second place after lowering a coloured pole.
Northern Region is deeply indebted to David Corbett for the use of his excellent estate at Tyrella which lends itself perfectly to getting horses properly prepared for the season ahead, both nationally and internationally.
The Tyrella estate came to a stand still at 3pm as a one minute silence was observed to coincide with the funeral of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Thanks to the amazing sponsors, Lightsource BP, Orthoderm, Baileys Horse Feeds, Horse First, Metal Technology and Sporting Images without whose generosity and support organisers certainly could not operate in the current restrictive climate. As always, the organisers extend a thank you to volunteers who have been very generous with their time, covering the wide range of duties.
Full results - EI 115 Open
1. Alex Houston, Skyfall Echo
2. Sarah Ennis, Horseware Woodcourt Garrison
3. Joseph Murphy, Calmaro
4. Lucca Stubington, Quingenti
5. Cathal Daniels, Rioghan Rua
6. Jamie Nolan, Corraghoe Charmer
1. Steven Smith, Hi Mr Henry
2. Molly Evans, Wellan Graffiti
3. Sarah Ennis, Stellor Quick Change
4. Suzanne Hagan, WKD Cooley
5. Rachel Rendle, Ballyvalley Bay
6. Victoria Brown, Dunrath Teddy
EI 110 Open
1. Adam Haugh, Carsonstown Cruise
2. Jonathan Steele, Bellablue
3. Jennifer Kuehnle, Polly Blue Eyes
4. Jonathan Steele, Mon Ami Alme
5. Steven Smith, Handsome Starr
6. Jodie O’Keeffe, Reenmore Duke
1. Lucca Stubington, Xanthe Green
2. Katie O’Sullivan, Cooley Rules
3. Nicky Roncoroni, Sixmilewater
4. Katie O’Sullivan, Licence to Cooley
5. Amanda Goldsbury, Cavalletti Clover
6. Johnny Mulligan, Western Johnny
EI 100 ‘A’
1. Sarah Ennis, Greenhall Granuaile
2. Rosie Alcorn, Centre Fold Belle
3. Chloe Lister-Tinsley, Jockeyhall Pure Quality
4. Donnacha Anhold, Carro de la Leche
5. Janie Cairns, Kensington On The Ball
6. Casey Webb, Shanaghan New Horizon
EI 100 ‘B’
1. Joseph Murphy, My Foxhall Kit
2. Jonathan Steele, R Kidd
3. Casey webb, Chinouk Van de Heihoek Z
4. Emily Corbett, Hip Hop V Singing
5. Hollie Woods, Caprio
6. David O’Connor, Nakuti
1. Elaine O’Connor, Sir Barnabus
2. Johnny Mulligan, Redwood Diamond Jack
3. Rachael Thompson, Govalent
4. Clare Steele, Moonshine Melody
5. David O’Connor, Tullymurry Masha
6. Conor Savage, Doctor Pepper