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Kilkenny - the Sport Horse Capital of the World

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Winning World Championships, Nations Cups and now a team for the Olympics, the Irish sport horse world certainly has cause for celebration. Let me take you through one of the recent victories and the incredible performance by three teenagers from Kilkenny, Carlow and Kildare who brought home 4 of the 9 medals on offer at the World Show Jumping Championship in Belgium last month. The Jumping World Breeding Championship for Young Horses were held in the famous show grounds of Zangersheide, in Lanaken, Belgium and include the best young horses from 36 different studbooks worldwide. For a small country like Ireland to take home so many medals was a huge achievement, and we must acknowledge and applaud the breeders and riders who hailed from Kilkenny.

Kilkenny based Jason Foley (18) from Carlow and The Irish Sport Horse Rockwell RC, bred by Ronan Byrne of Graiguenamanagh and owned by Sean Cubitt, claimed Ireland’s first medal of the day when they struck Gold in the final for 5-year-old horses. Kildare’s Mikey Pender (19) and Chacco Bay collected the Silver, owned by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima from the Al Shiraa Stables in Abu Dhabi.

The 6-year-old final saw Mikey Pender add to his tally, when he collected another Silver medal with MHS Cardenta, produced by Marion Hughes and bred by Tom Brennan of Mill House Stud in Gowran. Mikey finished just a tenth of a second off the........

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