The tremendous work of Treo Eile in the past couple of years was very much evident at the Tattersalls Ireland July Show where The Tattersalls Ireland and Treo Eile Racehorse to Riding Horse Class attracted a record number of entries.
Earlier this year Tattersalls Ireland partnered with Treo Eile to sponsor the Showing Pathway Series 2023. The aim of the series is to identify racehorses which are judged to have transitioned to be suitable riding horses and is open to both raced and unraced Thoroughbreds. The series consists of eight qualifiers, which commenced on Saturday May 20, with the grand finale on Sunday September 3 at the Royal Meath Show.
The torrential rain certainly didn't dampen numbers at the Tattersalls Ireland July Show particularly in the Tattersalls Ireland Treo Eile Showing Pathway Qualifiers on Wednesday, July 19. The Novice Racehorse to Rding Class saw 25 combinations line up under ride judge Mrs Michelle Burgess and confirmation judge The Hon. Mrs. Cavendish, both of whom travelled over from the UK to conduct proceedings.
All 25 combinations were required to perform an individual show after the initial go around. Given the numbers in the ring, many of whom are only off the track this year, all combinations performed impeccably. Ring steward and Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony, under instruction from the judges beckoned forward Sofie Walshe and KINSAU as their winner of the novice class. Kinsau is a once raced gelding who has found his niche eventing under Sofie. Taking second place was Anglesey Lodge vet Sarah Gayer on her own Home Farm, a five-time winner from 30 runs when racing in the colours of Chris Jones. Yeomanstown Stud’s Rolline O’Callaghan took third place on her own Dark Angel gelding Dante’s Pass, a two-time winner when running in the colours of his owner/rider. Dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo occupied fourth position on his showing debut for Louise Duffy.
Burgess and Cavendish had fewer to judge but no easier task when twelve competitors entered the arena for Open class. This time all horses were ridden by Burgess and required to strip for the conformation element judged by Cavendish. Burgess seemed to relish the opportunity to ride these ex-racehorses and opened them up for a serious gallop along the long side. Mahoney once again was responsible for pulling forward the winners and Philippa Scott’s Milliner took the top spot much to the delight of her partner, the Lusk trainer Thomas McGrath. Scott’s father, renowned show horse producer Philip Scott was once again beaming to see Milliner standing top of the line as he missed the Racehorse class at this show last year instead deputising in the Riding Horse class which he duly won. Another Gold Cup winner, Sizing John took the runner up spot under Kate Harrington with the RDS qualified Mickah Wallace in third under Stephanie McGlynn. Last year’s RDS Champion and Irish Grand National Winner General Principle took the green rosette in fourth place.
Among the entries on the day were an array of representatives from throughout the industry; pony club, riding club and the racing industry alike.
Partnerships such as Snow Falcon and Emma Connolly who works for Noel Meade Racing, are just an example of the care and affection given to these horses. Emma has looked after Snow Falcon for 10 years throughout his racing career. The duo are now enjoying their new endeavours in the showing ring.
Other long-term partnerships include Seainin Mahon & General Principle, Kate Harrington & Sizing John to mention a few.
Follow Treo Eile’s social media channels to follow these horses’ journeys into their new careers.
HRI Welfare Department have notified us of a change in Directive 16 regarding the Horses Retired from Racing - Non-Racing Declaration. Please see below the details (outlined in section 3) of the changes whereby Trainers and Owners can notify HRI of a horse being 'Retired from Racing'
AIRO are delighted to be working in association with the Irish Equine Centre and together have developed a selection of packages (Gold, Silver and Bronze) for Owners who may have their horses at home and want to ensure that they return into training in the best possible shape ahead of the 2023/24 season. These packages are discounted and specifically for AIRO Members.
For further information on how to avail of these packages contact the Irish Equine Centre on 045 866266.
The inaugural Owners & Trainers Golf Classic was held in glorious sunshine at the magnificent Mount Juliet Golf Course in Co. Kilkenny on Wednesday 24th May, 2023. 20 highly competitive teams participated in the classic of which the proceeds were in aid of horse welfare charity TREO EILE. We are delighted to announce that we made over €10,000 and will make a presentation to TREO EILE once all the monies are collected.
There were so many teams in contention for the prizes but it was the final team out, Connolly’s RED MILLS, who bagged the biggest score of the day on 98, won the first prize of an overnight stay in Mount Falcon Estate and bragging rights for the next year. Trainers, Mouse Morris, Conor O’Dwyer, David Marnane and Johnny Levins came in second with 96 points and picked up the bespoke horse portrait voucher from Jason O’Ceannobhain. Gordon Elliott’s & the Irish Jockeys Association teams were tied at 95 points each for the third position with Gordon’s team winning out in a count back to bring home the fabulous holdall bags from Dubarry Ireland.
The ITBA team supplied us with both winners of the longest drive competitions with Sean Ronan and Fiona McEnery picking up the Plusvital voucher prizes attached to them. Owner, Tim O’Driscoll from the Gordon Elliott team was nearest the pin and picked up a case of champagne from Banim Wine Merchants. The ‘pick-out’ prizes were won by Ken Whelan, Golf pack from CW Clothing, Ger Canty - Fujifilm Instax Mini Link 2 instant photo printer from Bermingham Cameras and Kieran Gleeson, Overnight stay & dinner at The Club at Goffs.
We want to thank all our prizes, goody bag and tee-box sponsors for their generous support. Finally, we want to thank all the teams for participating, we had a wonderful day and already we are looking forward to the re-match in 2024…
Winning Team from Connolly RED MILLS receiving their winning prize of an Overnight stay & Evening Meal at the fabulous Mount Falcon Estate in Co. Mayo.
Conor O'Dwyer, Johnny Levins and David Marnane from the IRTA Team were runners up, missing from the picture is Mouse Morris.
Gary O'Brien, Ray Stokes, Ian Amond and Tim O'Driscoll from the Gordon Elliott Team took third place.
Please see below a list of fixtures for 2023 with the FREE race days for owners highlighted in red. Simply present your AIR card at the entrance to gain admission to the racecourse. Thank you to AIR (Association of Irish Racecourses) for organising these FREE days for owners once again in 2023.