Another gold medal for Ireland in the 7y old horses!

Only 8 combinations made it into the jump-off for 7-year-old horses in Lanaken today. In the end it was the final contender, the 17-year-old Seamus Hughes-Kennedy, who stole away the victory with his mare Cuffesgrange Cavadora, bred by Eamonn Sheanhan, in 38.58 seconds. “I have only turned 17 about a month ago,” Seamus laughs. “It is actually quite special. The mother of Cuffesgrange Cavadora, Cuffesgrange Cavalidam, won European Gold last month at the pony championships in Strzegom with Max Wachman, after already winning silver the year before in Bishop Burton. Cavalidam, by Luidam, was bred by our neighbours down the road, and stayed a bit too small. She was bought by my mother at the age of 9, when she was unbroken, and Cavadora was the last of her five foals. I actually won the Pony World Trophy in Mechelen with Cavalidam herself, in 2017.” Seamus starts his story. “Last year, Cavadaro already finished 4th in the Finals for 6-year-old horses, then under the saddle of Gerard O’Neill. They were clear into the lead until the last few competitors, but just missed out of a medal, so I am very pleased we’ve earned gold today.” “We’re going for European Junior Gold next year!,” mother Clare Hughes added delighted.

Victor Mariano Luminatti was the one who took the lead early on, finishing clear in 38.70 seconds with the Zangersheide-bred horse Cipollini Second Life Z (Carthago Z - Breeder: Thierry Hendrikx). “I bought Cipollini as a foal, directly from the breeder.” Victor reveals. “I rent some boxes close to the Peelberger in the Netherlands. I currently have 6 horses here, since I bring my horses from Brazil. Cipollini is an approved breeding stallion and he is an unbelievable horse. He will have some rest now, to collect some semen as well, and then we will see.”

As penultimate start, Marco Kutscher gave his all to try and beat Luminatti’s time, but in the end finished in 39.63 seconds with Policeman 2 (Perigueux - Breeder: Heinz Sprenger). “I want to start with thanking the organisation. Judy and her team made it once again an fantastic event! It’s the second time that I compete here, and I can see this show getting better and better each year. It’s always a pleasure to come here and see the development. There were so many spectators! It’s just the best event for young horses in the world, and especially with all this prize money! That’s something for which we really have to say thank you (Note; there was a total of 100.000 euro to be shared between the top 12). It is really a chance for the owner to win some of the costs back they have during the year, and also the breeders bonus is a super rewards! (Note: a cheque of 5.000, 3.000 and 2.000 is handed over to the top 3 breeders).” Later on he continued about his bronze medal. “I am actually surprised. Maybe even twice, because the guy sitting next to me, could have been my son agewise… I actually was not planning on taking Policeman here. I rode him all year in the youngster classes but he is a very careful horse and since I didn’t have so much time to ride him at shows, I was doubting a bit if it was not too much to take him here. But I have to say that it was a really fair course today, very good. I thought we might get a bit more clear rounds, but the faults happened a bit everywhere, so also kudos to the course builders, because it is easy to kill the horses in a championship like this!”

Fourth place went to Mathijs van Asten, who also noted a clear round with his stallion Hotspot (Hors La Loi II - Breeder: Fam. Dingen) in 40.71 seconds. The Belgian Alexander Housen and Uricas v.d Kattevennen (San Patrignano Cassini - Breeder: Otto Boje Schoof) were the fastest four-faulters. They came home in 38.53 seconds, even staying under Hughes-Kenndy’s time.

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