Saturday night at Kilashee House Hotel was a gathering of the who’s who of Irish Showjumping. The night kicked off with Sven Hadley being presented with his award for Connolly’s RED MILLS Spring Tour Overall League Champion 2017. Sven won 3 legs of the series with the ever-competitive ‘Suma’s Taloubet’.
The Connolly’s RED MILLS Spring Tour Leading Young Rider Award was presented to Mikey Pender. Mikey is stable rider to RED MILLS Ambassador Marion Hughes. Mikey had a great series, winning in Cavan Equestrian and runner up at Portmore.
- Gold Badge for completing 40 Nations Cup competitions
- Silver Badge for completing 20 Nations Cup competitions
- Bronze Badge for completing 10 Nations Cup competitions
- Gold Badge for three completions
- Silver Badge for two completions
- Bronze Badge for one completion
Allen has been on cracking form recently. This weekend he won the Stockholm Grand Prix with Gin Chin van het Lindenhof taking home a new car, the 10thnew car of his career.
The Junior Team of the year was awarded to the Pony European Champions. The team consisted of Harry Allen, Abbie Sweetnam, Ciaran Nallon and Kate Derwin.
The Senior Team of the Year went to the Senior European Champions. A first European team medal for a Senior Irish Showjumping Team since 2001. The Team consisted of Shane Sweetnam, Denis Lynch, Cian O’Connor and RED MILLS Ambassadors Bertram Allen and Chef d’Equipe Rodrigo Pessoa.
The Special Achievement Award went to RED MILLS Rider Ger O’Neill and the Irish Sport Horse Mare ‘Columbcille Gypsy’ the Six-Year-Old World Champion 2017. It was the second year in a row Ger had won the championship having won it the previous year with ‘Killossery Kaiden’. Columbcille Gypsy and Ger were also victorious in the 2017 Irish Breeders Classic final.