One of America’s top showjumping stars, Lauren Hough, claimed the Connolly’s RED MILLS 7 & 8 Year Old International Final at the RDS today, after a brilliant performance with the eight year-old mare Lady Davos.
Winners of the Connolly’s RED MILLS 7 & 8 Year Old International Final at the Dublin Horse Show, Lauren Hough and Lady Davos pictured with Gareth Connolly, Sales and Marketing Director with Connolly’s RED MILLS (Photo: Laurence Dunne/Jumpinaction.net)
Twenty of the sports most promising young horses lined out in the main arena having come through two qualifiers on Wednesday and Friday at the Ballsbridge venue.
Lauren Hough and Lady Davos on their way to victory in the Connolly’s RED MILLS 7 & 8 Year Old International Final at the RDS (Photo: Laurence Dunne/Jumpinaction.net)
Hough and Lady Davos (Canturo x Berlin/Casper) were one of six combinations who made it through to the jump-off where they produced the winning double clear round in 41.86 seconds.
Kamil Papousek from the Czech Republic finished as runner-up with Flying, while Michael Pender was the best-placed Irish rider, filling third place on the podium with the Irish Sport Horse HHS Hercules. Philip McGuane finished fourth with LVS Wizard (ISH), just ahead of Neal Fearon in fifth with Billy On Time.
Gareth Connolly, Sales and Marketing Director with Connolly’s RED MILLS said: “We are delighted to have been associated with this class, which has gone from strength to strength for the past number of years. We were treated to three fantastic day’s of competition here in the RDS and I would like to congratulate Lauren, the winning owners and all those who took part.”
Along with a very generous prize-fund and a tonne of Connolly’s RED MILLS Horse Care 10, the winning owner received The “John Higgins” Memorial Perpetual Challenge Trophy, while The “Corry” Perpetual Challenge Trophy will be presented to the rider of the winning horse.
This is the fourth year that Connolly’s RED MILLS have sponsored this prestigious competition, which features the top 20 combinations from Ireland, who are joined at the Dublin Horse Show by up to 24 additional International entries from around the world.