A Bumper Weekend Rewarding Thoroughbreds in a Second Career

Another Thoroughbred coming up trumps for a young rider !

Mega congrats to 12yo Joe Ryan and his 7yo by Ocovango who won the Treo Eile Highest Placed Thoroughbred prize at the Interschools SJ Final at Wexford Equestrian Centre on Sunday.  He is a pupil at Rathangan National School and their show jumping team have also won the Wexford League.  Joe came across the unraced gelding locally fourteen months ago and caused a bit of concern for his mum Lianne when he decided that this was going to be his future horse!  As a member of the Killinick Pony Club, the combination competed in the Under 12 Eventing qualifiers, finishing on their dressage score at the IPC Eventing Championships at Tattersalls last August.  With an impressive list of achievements already under their belt, who knows what a thrilling future this partnership have in store



Also, a massive congratulations to Lynn Sheehy on winning the Treo Eile sponsored Highest Placed Thoroughbred in the AIRC South East Regional Dressage League. Her incredible horse, Verbier Flyer is a beautiful 7yo by Ruler of the World, out of Burnin’ Memories. Trained by Daniel William O’Sullivan, he ran once over 7f in 2018. In 2019, Lynn contacted the IHWT in the hopes of fostering and retraining a horse, but little did she know she would end up adopting this winner. Lynn and Verbier Flyer also compete in showing and showjumping with the Riding Club but have mainly been focusing on Dressage in recent times, and their efforts are definitely paying off. We can’t wait to see where they go from here, and we will be following their story closely, with admiration.

The winning pair are pictured (left) – photos courtesy of Louise O’Brien.



And Finally, in the Dressage Ireland Winter Championships last weekend, there were three brilliant Thoroughbreds out in force. In the Novice Category Two Championships, Claire Farrell placed 1st astride 14yo Renneti(FR), closely followed by Myriam Bunter with her 10yo Star of Rubykan. This intense competition saw less than 1% dividing the two competitors final scores. In the follow up Category Two Test, Louise Duffy was placed 4th on 18yo Arvika Legeonniere. This pair has an impressive string of results to their names and we hope to see much success for them in the coming season. All three of these pairings have been recipients of Treo Eile Dressage Prizes in the past.

Our photo shows (L to R) Star Of Rubykan (Myriam Bunter, Arvika Ligeonnaire (Louise Duffy) & Renneti (Claire Farrell)

Stay tuned across all our social media for more exciting updates on the successes of retrained thoroughbreds, and for upcoming events that Treo Eile will be involved in.


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