October 05, 2016 at 11:19 PM

Dartans Barrack raises the bar in the Cuddy Working Hunter Championship


After settling for a third place finish at last year’s Horse of the Year Show (HOYS), Fiona Hirst was “absolutely over the moon” when her own Dartans Barrack rose to the occasion to take the prestigious Cuddy Working Hunter Championship on the opening day of HOYS 2016. 


The much anticipated working hunter course looked picture perfect in the Andrews Bowen International Arena. Featuring the famous Stonehenge combination, as well as a single plank fence and a water jump, there were questions to be answered by the 40 starters.


Dartans Barrack was not fazed by any of the elements and completed a stylish clear round with Fiona in the saddle. The combination was pulled in second in the provisional line up before securing the win after the ride and conformation judging. The final results were announced during the evening performance where just nine horses were invited back in to take their place under the spotlights.

“He takes it all in his stride,” said a delighted Fiona. “He’s such an easy horse to have at home.”

The nine-year-old Irish Sport Horse by Guidam qualified at the South of England Show and also won the heavyweight workers at the Royal International Horse Show earlier in the season.

Second place in the Cuddy Working Hunter Championship went to another Irish Sport Horse, Katy Green’s seven-year-old mare Vulcanite with Rory Gilsenan in the saddle. Daniel Brian Carroll’s bay gelding Red Why Salute finished third.


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