Irish Eyes Are Smiling At Tattersalls
Photo: Kit Houghton
The final Jumping phase lived up to its billing as being one of the biggest and most exciting tracks and, as the leading British riders cracked under the pressure of a closely-packed leaderboard, the Ryans began their meteoric rises, Patricia from 4th to 1st and Michael from 7th to 2nd.
Patricia Ryan (nee Donegan) first sprang to prominence with a horse called Don't Step Back, with whom she represented Ireland at the Sydney Olympics. She rode Tom and Carol Henry's 13-year-old Fernhill Clover Mist, an Irish Sport Horse by Kiltealy Spring, on the Olympic team in Hong Kong last year and is a candidate for the Irish team at this year's HSBC FEI European Eventing Championship in Fontainebleau (FRA) in September. She has been riding this horse for 7 years.
Michael Ryan's Old Road, by Puissance, a stalwart of the Irish team, is now 16 and has been dropped down a level to 3-star to "have some fun". He may well now be making the trip to Poland for the HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing Final.
Mary King (GBR), emphatically back in action after a spring season decimated by a virus, shot into second place in the HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing standings, her three horses Imperial Cavalier, Fernhill Urco and her home-bred Kings Temptress finishing 3rd, 6th and 11th.
Oliver Townend (GBR), the HSBC FEI Classics leader, looked set to add Tattersalls to his Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials victory three weeks previously, but his ride, the 12-year-old Jackson d'Allez was coming back after a year off, and having given his all the previous day to lead the Cross-Country, hit a disastrous 8 fences and dropped to 24th.
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