It has been another incredible two months for the RED MILLS Ambassadors, whose horses continue to shine on the world stage – benefiting from the availability of RED MILLS top quality products wherever they are in the globe.
Bertram Allen has enjoyed a phenomenal run of results in the past two months. He started the month of May with a stunning performance at the five-star show in Hamburg, Germany, winning the five-star Mercedes Benz Championat von Hamburg against a field of the world’s top riders.
Allen received a brand new Mercedes Benz after his spectacular win with Molly Malone at the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) event, bringing to six the total number of cars the 20-year-old has now won in his illustrious career.
Speaking afterwards, Allen said: “I was thrilled with my win on Molly. She was brilliant over a big testing track. I knew it was going to be a really fast jump-off, so I said I’d go as fast as I felt comfortable with and it was just fast enough.”
Allen then recorded a top 10 finish in the La Baule Grand Prix with Romanov, while his performances in the new Global Champions league helped his team – Valkenswaard United to the top of the leaderboard.
Allen’s entire string of horses – who all use Connolly’s RED MILLS feed – continued to shine on the world stage towards the end of May, with a stunning triple-clear round from the stallion Hector Van d”Abdijhoeve helping Allen to a fourth place finish in a hugely competitive LGCT Grand Prix at Madrid in Spain.
Allen began June in stunning fashion, helping Ireland to win the Swiss Nations Cup in St Gallen – delivering a crucial clear in the second round aboard Molly Malone. The pair also finished inside the top 10 in the St Gallen Grand Prix two days later. Allen then moved on to the LGCT at Cannes where he scored a victory with Quiet Easy.
Another stunning win followed for Allen and the grey mare Molly Malone in the Prix Massimo Dutti trophy in Monaco towards the end of June, after a 13 horse jump-off that had spectators on the edge of their seats.
Allen finished the month by helping Valkenswaard United to their third win of the Championship season so far. Allen and Izzy By Picobello along with Eduardo Menezes with Caruschka, took pole position for the team in Monaco.
A recent new addition to the team of RED MILLS Ambassadors, Reed Kessler has been in Europe for most of the last two months racking up some superb results. She grabbed a runner-up finish in a class at the Dutch LGCT at Valkenswaard with Cos I Can. A fifth place finish followed in the Preis de Longines at five-star St Gallen with Cylana, while Kessler was also in the prizes at Bolesworth International and at Kronenburg in The Netherlands.
Kessler was recently asked “What do you feed your competition horses and how do you keep the feed consistent with the constant travel?”
“I absolutely love Connolly’s RED MILLS! It’s one of the only brands that makes the feed the same, globally. My horses eat the same feed whether they are in Europe or in America. That’s why I’m partnered with them: not just the quality, but the consistency of the feed,” she said.
Darragh Kenny began May with a win at the three-star Dutch show in Eindhoven with Catuso, owned by Blue Gate Farm. Kenny travelled to the five-star Sopot fixture in Poland in June and stormed to victory in the Speed and Handiness competition again riding Catuso.
The Offaly’ rider produced a string of good results at Bolesworth in the UK later that month which saw him crowned leading rider of the show during the four-day fixture.
Edwina Tops Alexander
RED MILLS Ambassador Edwina Tops Alexander blazed a trail of exceptional results on the LGCT circuit for the past few months and it came as no surprise when she was named as part of the Australian team for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Tops Alexander will be joined by Scott Keach, Matt Williams and James-Patterson Robinson when Australia take their place in Brazil this August.
Former World No. 1 and Olympic Gold medal winner Scott Brash triumphed with Hello Forever in an epic battle set against the stunning backdrop of Cannes, taking top honours in the LGCT Grand Prix at the start of June. The two-time LGCT Champion of Champions took a sensational win against a star-studded field, which included eight out of the top 10 riders in the world.
“He’s a real trier – but I think it can get a lot smoother yet!” said Brash. “It’s still early days with him. He can make my life a bit difficult at times but the best is yet to come with him.”
Shane Breen recorded a number of International wins in recent months, beginning at Sopot in Poland where he took the Grand Prix qualifier riding Acoustik Solo du Baloubet. Breen was one of the leading riders during Hickstead’s Derby meeting at the end of June, winning the Beethoven Championship for 7 & 8 year-old horses with Slibermond, while he also finished in joint fifth place in the Hickstead Derby riding Acoustic Solo Du Balobet,
Trevor Breen was once again one of the top performers in the famous Hickstead Derby. The winner for two years running, Breen finished in joint fifth place with Loughnatousa WB, He also recorded some excellent results at Bolesworth International.
Former World Champion Dermott Lennon and The Irish Sport Horse Loughview Lou-Lou galloped to victory in the Freelander Grand Prix at Luxemburg’s three-star fixture in Roeser in June. Lennon and the Judith Sossick-owned 14-year-old mare finished with a massive four seconds to spare over German runner-up Felix Hassmann with Barolo H. Lennon and Loughview Lou-Lou had finished second in the Jaguar Landrover Masters at the same venue and later added a second win when landing the Two Phase class with Fleur IV.
Billy Twomey added his name to the list of winners of the famous Hamburg Derby in Germany, when he lifted the trophy in early May after a jump-off riding Diaghilev.
Thousands of spectators packed into the stands in Hamburg for one of the most exciting events on the European circuit. The demanding Derby course saw no combination jump clear in the opening round, and so nine pairings that finished on four faults returned to go against the clock.
Twomey and the 13-year-old gelding Diaghilev proved untouchable, collecting a winner’s prize of €30,000. Twomey also recorded a top 10 finish in the Longines Grand Prix at five-star Rome with Diaghilev, taking eighth place behind American winner McLain Ward with HH Azur.
Twomey produced a superb performance in the Hickstead Derby to take joint runner-up spot with Diaghilev, lowering just one fence at the Devils Dyke in an otherwise perfect performance.
Ashford Farm – Angelica Augustsson Zanotelli and Marlon Modolo Zanotelli
Connolly’s RED MILLS close partnership with Ashford Farm continued to yield superb results over the last two months. Marlon Modolo Zanotelli took fourth place in the Grand Prix qualifier at Hamburg’s five-star show at the start of May riding Extra Van Essene.
Angelica Augustsson Zanotelli scored a number of top placings at Norten-Hardenburg in Germany, including brilliant win in a 1m50 class with Baloucento, while Modolo Zanotelli finished third aboard Desiree V. Marienshof.
Modolo Zanotelli finished May with a runner-up finish in the Longines Speed Class at the LGCT in Chantilly riding Extra Van Essene, while he also finished second in the Global Champions League as part of the Rome Gladiators team.