Egypt’s Sameh El Dahan took this year’s Dublin Horse Show by storm when he cleared 2m 20 on County Antrim teen, Chris Megahey’s horse, Seapatrick Cruise Cavalier to take the Land Rover Puissance and the €12,400 prize purse.
Chris, a former winner of the Emerald International Puissance on Seapatrick Cruise Cavalier, was too young to enter the Dublin Horse Show event. Not able to ride himself, he answered a plea on Facebook from Joanne Sloan Allen at Sycamore Stables Show Jumping Team for a Puissance horse for Sameh to ride in Dublin.
Chris knew Irish bred, Seapatrick Cruise Cavalier, affectionately known as ‘Socks’ because of its four white legs was up for the job.
Sameh, the only competitor who successfully completed all five rounds of the Puissance had only ridden the Glenpatrick horse twice before Saturday’s event making the win against a strong competitive international field even more impressive.
Speaking after the event, Britt Megahey, owner of Seapatrick Cruise Cavalier and Glenpatrick Sport Horses, said: “The atmosphere in the main arena on Saturday evening was electric, it was a joy to see Sameh making that jump on Seapatrick Cruise Cavalier and we were very proud to be a part of the international programme at the RDS.”
Now back home in Templepatrick at the Megahey family’s Glenpatrick Competition Yard, there is great excitement about the future of Seapatrick Cruise Cavalier.