O’Neill takes Gold in 2019 Irish Breeders Classic
GAIN Equine Nutrition and Alltech came together for the second year to sponsor the Irish Breeders Classic, which took place over the weekend at Barnadown, Co. Wexford. The Irish Breeders Classic is a firm fixture in the Irish show jumping calendar, hosting the world’s richest young horse class with a prize fund of €33,000. It is an ideal platform to display the best of only Irish bred young horses.
This year there were over 80 entries and the best 25 combinations over two days of show jumping qualified for the final on Sunday. After a thrilling final, 7 made into the jump off against the clock. Kilkenny based ‘Team GAIN’ rider Ger O’Neill and ‘Dawsons Gold’ had the fastest time to win the class!
Along with the Irish Breeders Classic, which show cases the 5&6 year old horses, there was a four-year-old championship, as well as a championship for 7&8 year old horses.
The Irish Breeders Classic has solidified its reputation for producing talented and successful Irish bred international show jumpers, including last year’s winner Jack Ryan and BBS McGregor, MHS Going Global, Arraghbeg Clover (Gold Medalist World Breeding Showjumping Championships), Ard Ginger Pop (Silver Medalist World Breeding Showjumping Championships), Killossery Kaiden (Gold Medalist World Breeding Showjumping Championships) and Columbcille Gipsy (Gold Medalist World Breeding Showjumping Championships) in 2017. Ger O’Neill and Dawsons Gold head to the World Breeding Showjumping Championships in Lanaken, Belgium later this month and fingers crossed their good form continues.