Young Event Horses back at Balmoral

Judges Clare Hunter and Rosie Gomes with winner Emma Jackson and sponsor Declan Cullen
Judges Clare Hunter and Rosie Gomes with winner Emma Jackson and sponsor Declan Cullen

The Young Event Horse Competition, sponsored by Pegus Horse Feeds, is running for its second year having been introduced to the Schedule in 2014 at the new RUAS show grounds.

Phase one, Dressage will be judged on Wednesday evening by Ireland’s top Dressage Judges, Jean Mitchell MBE and David Lee.

Jonny Mulligan on KOKO.

Jonny Mulligan on KOKO.

Phase two will then be judged when the riders take off the saddles and lead their horses in hand for David Mitchell to examine their conformation.

The jumping phase will be judged in the main arena on Thursday morning by Scottish judges Jack and Isobel McGeoch, who have sourced many high achieving Event horses such as, Irish bred, Word Perfect ridden by Chris Bartle to win Badminton CCI**** in 1998.

Hopefully some of the four and five year olds that have qualified to take place in the final will follow in his footsteps.

The horses brought forward for qualification have achieved a high standard despite the early stage of their career. They have been carefully produced and ridden sympathetically by professional riders in order to enhance their basic training and to set a firm base from which to carry on up the eventing ladder.

The horses are all bred in Ireland and showcase the variety of excellent breeding stock available throughout the country.

Stallions such as Lux Z, Indoctro, Imperial Heights, Ghareeb, Mermus R, Porsch, Lougherne Cashell, Loughehow Guy, Cruising and Master Imp all feature in the breeding of the qualified horses.


Four olds who have qualified to date are: Malcom AX, Cascum Lewis, Wendy Woo and Cornascriebe Mermaid ridden by Jonny Mulligan; Bonmahon Fl, Wivollet Vanbeek, and Harrison ridden by Colin Haliday; Morning Vision and Glendew ridden by Gwen Scott; Frenchfort Inspector ridden by Beverley Caves; Georrgio Raco and Aaroch ridden by Emma Jackson; Carsonstown Porche, Roisies Cavalier Clover and Carsonstown Calypso ridden by Catherine Robinson.

Five Year Olds Qualified are: Nigra Flight ridden by Colin Haliday; Metropole and Shanroe Shadowfax ridden by Catherine Robinson; Rockmills and Koko ridden by Jonny Mulligan; Tullybee Cadeau ridden by Jim Newsam; Carraghow Gale ridden by Nicky Corr; Hill Patrol, Tullybroom Eddie, Derryinver Girl and Major Black ridden by Steven Smith; KMS Indoctro and Ardglen Diva Dancer ridden by Emma Jackson; Killadeas ridden by Beverley Caves.