Jesse Campbell and Tim Price lead Kiwi charge at Millstreet’s Drishane Castle horse trials.

Kiwi eventers had a great weekend at Millstreet’s Drishane Castle horse trials in Ireland’s County Cork, taking out three of the six classes on offer.Marlborough based Jesse Campbell, who has been enjoying a great run of form in recent weeks, won both the three-star and two-star classes.

Campbell won the CIC3* on Kaapachino with a score of 44.30, holding off fellow Kiwi Tim Price and Bango on 47.60, with Ireland’s Aoife Clark third with Fernhill Adventure with 48.60. British rider Lauren Shannon and Quality Purdey took fourth place, holding off Irish challengers Sarah Ennis and BLM Diamond Delux, Aoife Clark with Wasting Light, and Sam Watson with Horseware Bushman.

Kiwi riders were out in force for the event, including filling out 11th to 15th places: Blyth Tait (11th, Bear Necessity V; 14th, Xanthus, 35th, Leo Distinction), Daniel Jocelyn (12th, Dassett Cool Touch; 20th Beaucatcher; 38th Phoenix L), Lucy Jackson (13th, Bosun), Tim Price (15th, The Court Jester).

Jesse Campbell also took out the CIC2* class, despite dropping a jumping rail on Cleveland in the final phase. The pair posted a score of 44.70, adding just the four faults for the rail to their leading dressage score of 40.70.

Aoife Clark was runner-up on Irish Sport Horse Rienroe Lucky Ranger with a score of 48.00, heading off Blyth Tait and Darius on 49.10. Britain’s Nicky Roncoroni was fourth on Trig Point with 54.80, with 18-year-old Lucy Latta claiming fifth place for Ireland with Cleo Ferro (ISH).

New Zealand’s Tim Price won the seven-year old two-star class with the New Zealand thoroughbred Kindred Spirit IV (Postponed x Anne Boelyn / Grosvener), a former racehorse who was unplaced in two trials in New Zealand as Bergkamp.

Price and Kindred Spirit were clear throughout the event, moving up from seventh after the first phase, to finish on their dressage score of 53.10.

In second place was Ireland’s Heidi Hamilton on Dam Easy on 54.30, with Australia’s Emma Dougall third on Fernhill Tabasco with 54.70.

Price was also 11th on Kincooley Cruising in the CICYH* for six-year-olds, which was won by Nicky Roncoroni on Templemartin Flight (43.90). Second in this class was Ireland’s Melanie Young and Ard Cluedo (45.10), with third place going to Australia’s Kevin McNab with Brookfield Innocent (45.30).

Finishing on the same score was New Zealand’s Lucy Jackson with Superstition, who had led after the jumping phase.







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