Following two qualifiers on Wednesday and Friday, the top 26 combinations from Ireland and abroad took their place in the RDS main arena for the Connolly’s RED MILLS final.
Dutch rider Frank Schuttert partnered Beautiful Red. an eight-year-old mare by Casall and owned by Ashford Farm, to the fastest clear round in a 10 horse jump-off to take home the winners prize.
Gareth and Joe Connolly of Connolly’s RED MILLS with Frank Schuttert winner of the Connolly’s RED MILLS 7 & 8-year-old class at the Dublin Horse Show (Photo: Laurence Dunne/Jumpinaction.net)
Kilkenny’s Ger O’Neill and the Irish Sport Horse Castlefield Vegas finished as runners-up, just 0.18 behind the winner. Third place also went to an Irish rider in Philip McGuane with Judas vd Donkhoeve. Canada’s Tiffany Foster and Christos finished fourth, just ahead of Connolly’s RED MILLS Brand Ambassador Bertram Allen in fifth with Calafrieda. Greg Broderick finished sixth with Cartouche V Overis Z, while Clem McMahon filled seventh place with The Irish Sport Horse Pacifico.
Dutch rider Frank Schuttert and Beautiful Red on their way to victory in the Connolly’s RED MILLS 7 & 8-year-old class at the Dublin Horse Show (Photo: Laurence Dunne/Jumpinaction.net)
Gareth Connolly, Sales and Marketing Director, Connolly’s RED MILLS said:
“Congratulations to Frank and to the connections of the aptly named Beautiful Red, on their win this morning, it was a superb class. Right the way through the week the standard of jumping has been so high and it was exciting to see the mix of five Irish and five international riders go through to the jump-off of the final this morning. This class is all about developing future talent and we’ll watch closely to see what both the winner and placed horses go on to achieve in their future careers. At Connolly’s RED MILLS we support the nutritional needs of these high-performance athletes and to be a part of this competition and to witness them perform on one of the best showjumping stages in the world makes us very proud.”