British riders dominate the leaderboard following the opening dressage phase of the Connolly’s RED MILLS CCI Two – Star under 25 (CCI** U25) competition at Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair at Ratoath in Co Meath, but two Irish riders are also well placed among the top ten.
Twenty-two year old Tom McEwen from Wiltshire in the UK riding ‘Rehy USA’ tops the standings on 46.2 penalties just ahead of Somerset based Millie Dumas in second place with ‘The Duke of Cavan’ on 43 penalties.
The best placed Irish rider is Jennifer Diamond who lies in sixth spot with ‘Early Spring’ on 51.3 penalties, while eighteen year-old Cathal Daniels from Loughrea Co Galway is next best for the Irish in tenth place with ‘Rioghan Rua’.
Cathal Daniels is part of the Connolly’s RED MILLS Eventing Team and is a former Individual and Team Gold Medal winner at the European Pony Eventing Championships and a winner of the Tattersalls CNCJ2* in 2013,
The leaderboard is likely to change considerably on Saturday at Tattersalls as riders take on the tough Cross Country phase, before the Connolly’s RED MILLS under 25 Tattersalls champion is crowned on Sunday following the show jumping competition.
Results – Connolly’s RED MILLS CCI** U25 – Tattersalls International Horse Trials 30 May 2014
Top Ten following Dressage Test
Rank Horse/Rider (Nationality) Penalties
1 REHY USA/Tom McEwen (GBR) 42.6
2 THE DUKE OF CAVAN/Millie Dumas (GBR) 43.0
3 WALITZE F VEJGARD/Emily King (GBR) 45.7
4 CHIPPIEH/Hedvig Wik (SWE) 49.1
5 CLONCOLMAN LAD/Tom Grant (GBR) 50.9
6 EARLY SPRING/Jennifer Diamond (IRL) 51.3
7 DIRECT CRUISING/Hedvig Wik (SWE) 51.5
8 NEUF DES COEURS/Hector Payne (GBR) 51.7
9 CHARLEMAGNE/Emily King (GBR) 52.2
10 RIOGHAN RUA/Cathal Daniels (IRL) 52.6
Full result available on their website.