March Madness with Joseph Murphy Event Team
S’Field Othello -1st
W’Winds Hercules 5th
HL Mrs Imp 6th
S’Field Othello 3rd
W’winds Hercules 6th
Model Witness 3rd
W’Winds Hercules 1st
Electric Cruise 2nd
DHI Top Story 4th
Kilpatrick Dancer 1st
HL Mrs Imp 1st
Killosery Athletic Touch 2nd
Dartans Quality Brigade 8th
Cancellations, Celebrations and County Cork.
The season was about to kick off with the youngsters at Ballinclough, which fell victim to the weather.
Kilguilkey, in County Cork, stepped in at the 11th hour and put on a super event, thanks to their hard working team and have to mention Kieran who fenced judged on our behalf!!
Although a long 6 hour drive, it was well worth the trip as the ground conditions although a little soft on the cross country the dressage field was fair allowing early prep run for the Badminton bound Franky and a hood start for his new co owners Ally and Andrew.
Harold was 2nd in a hot class in Lincoln, UK but had time to fly home to do a bit of posing – sorry I meant promotion!!
Shannon made her debut on her new junior horse to win a junior section leading from start to finish and younger sister Zara has made a successful start on Shannon’s ponies. Including a 4th place at Ballendenisk on Bambi, Shannon’s European medallist and double clears on the less experienced Reggie.
Arianne Finlay, who has just started competing under rules posted 2 double clears on her pony and horse and then went on to win her pony section the following week at Tyrella, leading after dressage on Jimmy Thunderstruck ! Mary Smiddy jumped a serious jumping round to win the pony 2 star section at Tyrella
Now I have 2 nervous mums at the events!
Adam Haugh also had a good run at Tyrella posting another double clear and finishing 6th on his junior section. So keep up the good work guys.
BIG birthdays and Ballymaloe
Rosie who had been busy snapping away the following week had a day off!!! As it was her big Five o!! Michelle celebrated her birthday the following day. Being a mummy she did not get the day off and was running around the event looking after her little charges. However she did get a surprise visit to Ballymaloe the week after.
Spring ground ie Muck to the ankles!!
With difficult ground conditions in all three phases at Ballendenisk it was a joy to run at Tyrella, beside the beach, on good ground.With all the horses enjoying better ground.
This was evident in the results with the 3 advanced boys jumping double clear to take top 4 placings in the advanced.
Kilpatrick Dancer, a new addition to the yard, won his section producing a smart test.
Its a long way to Tipperary!!
It’s a long way to go……..A quick turn around, we headed home to load up the babies to drive south to Tipperary for the following day.
The long drives are the most gruelling element. Leaving the house at 5am to go to Tyrella, returning to the yard 12 hours later to head south.
We made a pit stop at our ‘second home’, Orchard Lodge, were Michelle had dinner on the table for us on arrival at 10pm!!
Again our night in shining armour – Kieran Connors, dragged himself out of bed at 3am(clock change too) and drove the second leg to Tipperary for Joseph.
With torrential overnight rain,we arrived to a flooded carpark – after the ‘marathon’ we thought the event would be abandoned!!
However they kicked on. The novices coped really well in deep and difficult conditions. With great results.
HL Mrs Imp who won for her patient owners as we only like to compete them lightly as a 5 year old(last Year)
There are only so many times they can run in this ground as it is hard on them. So they have had few days to recover enjoying the spring sunshine in the field and and a good going over by the physio.
There are so many ‘Team’ members who all play an equal part in our yard. With the girls at home keeping the show on the road and the help we receive at the events.
Also our new French stable jockey, Pierre Samuel who eases the load by helping stretch the horses for Joseph at the events and compete the you get ones too. He is a very natural rider and already has enjoyed some placings.
We are lucky to have him.
This month special thanks to our in house photographer Rosie McBride who had leave her camera at home and help Jim McShane and myself at Tyrella!!!
And NO – he is not paying me to say how wonderful he is but again Kieran!! He and Michelle kindly lent us their lovely Oakley while our wagon is in getting much needed TLC, he then acted as chief driver – so if Stobarts are looking for any drivers , Ally he comes highly recommended!!!
Himself and Shannon were great grooms at Gurteen and certainly made the hectic weekend a great bit easier!!!
Method in his Madness!!
(However I think there is an element of method in his madness he had been eyeing up new new Oakley’s for sometime much to Michelle’s dread!!)
We have another busy month ahead were we will get the younger horses out to events now the older horses have had their prep runs for their first international run in a 3 star mid April.
No round up would be complete without a picture of the darling of the yard – No not Joseph!!!! Franky!!!