Clark impresses at Chatsworth

Updated: Sunday, 12 May 2013 21:09

Aoife Clark followed up her notable eighth-place finish in Badminton last weekend with a second place in the CIC 3* at the Chatsworth Horse Trials today with her nine-year-old mare Fenya's Elegance, which is owned and bred by PJ Hegarty from West Cork.

There were three CIC 3* classes at the venue and all three were won by Irish Sport Horses.

World number one Andrew Nicholson won the first section with Mr Cruise Control by Cruising, bred by Michael and Mary Kelly, and also took the second section with Viscount George by Lord Noble which was bred by Geraldine Berney, while the third section was won by the Taldi gelding Bodidily ridden by Britain's Selina Milnes and bred by Muriel Howard.

Naas-born Clark also finished second in the CIC1* class on Fernhill Adventure by Newmarket Venture, bred by Mary Quinlivan from Cork, while this section was won by British rider Ruth Edge on yet another Irish Sport Horse, The Precious One by Master Imp, which was bred by Gerard Young.

Clark's top-ten place at Badminton was also achieved on an Irish Sport Horse, Master Crusoe, bred by Michael Doyle.

Horse Sport Ireland Chairman Pat Wall said that it was great to see Irish horses climbing through the ranks, demonstrating that Ireland was the place to come to buy a potential, or a made, event horse.

"Chatsworth is a major competition on the British Eventing calendar and to see it being dominated by Irish bred horses is great for marketing our animals.

"'Actions speak louder than words', and each of these prize winners is an ambassador for Irish horses," he said.