Ireland’s Darragh Kenny beat off the challenge of a top class international field, to win the opening speed class in the Connolly’s RED MILLS International class for 7 & 8 year old horses, at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show.
Several of the world’s top riders including Britain’s Scott Brash, Swedish super star Malin Baryard Johnsson and current World Cup Champion Daniel Duesser from Germany, took on a list of Irish riders that included Aga Khan team member Cian O Connor.
It was announced on Wednesday that Darragh Kenny would be part of the Irish Aga Khan squad for the Dublin round of the Furusiyya Nations Cup and the in-form Offaly native produced a stunning round withthe eight year old stallion Chin Quidam Vdl, to win the first of two qualifiers for Sunday’s Connolly’s RED MILLS International 7 &8 Year Old final.
Presentation photo of Darragh Kenny and Chin Quidam VDL pictured with Gareth Connolly of Connolly’s RED MILLS
Tipperary’s Greg Broderick who finished third in the Connolly’s RED MILLS International class in 2013, took runner up spot behind Darragh Kenny with the eight year old Javas Keltic Mist, while Alexander Butler finished third with Hallowberry Cruz.
Speaking afterwards, Darragh Kenny was full of praise for the sponsors of the competition saying,
“Its great to come back to this show having been away for so long, I think this Connolly’s RED MILLS have turned this into a great class with the introduction of International riders, the lads that have good 7 and 8 year olds here at home get a chance to see what the best horses of the same age are like in Europe”.
When asked about Friday’s second qualifier for the Connolly’s RED MILLS class Darragh Kenny went on to say,
“I am looking forward to it, he (Chin Quidam) is a very good young horse, he won the 7 & 8 year old championship in Aachen, Germany and he is going really well again here this week so hopefully he will keep it up”.
The second qualifier in the Connolly’s RED MILLS 7 & 8 Year Old International class takes place on Friday, as horses and riders will get their first taste of the RDS main arena at 11am, just before the teams line out in the Furusiyya Nations Cup for the famous Aga Khan Trophy.
The top 50% of horse and rider combinations will then go forward to Sunday’s prestigious Connolly’s RED MILLS 7 & 8 Year Old International Final at 10.30am in the RDS main arena, where a two round competition including a jump-off will decide the overall winner.
Along with a very generous prize-fund, the owner of the winning Connolly’s RED MILLS 7 & 8 Year Old horse will receive The “John Higgins” Memorial Perpetual Challenge Trophy, while The “Corry” Perpetual Challenge Trophy will be presented to the rider of the winning horse.