Dutch Victory for Conor Drain

CONOR Drain won a two-star 1.45m class in Exloo, The Netherlands, last weekend. Drain guided the nine-year-old gelding Imagine to the fastest of 22 clear rounds in the two-phase class. Shane Dwan slotted into fourth place with the 13-year-old gelding Corny 8 when clear in 27.85 seconds. A day later, Dwan was fifth in the 1.45m when producing one of 11 double clear rounds.

Harry Allen runner-up

WEXFORD’s Harry Allen was runner-up in last Friday’s two-star 1.45m at Sentower Park, Belgium. He guided the 14-year-old Dancing Queen Z to one of eight clear rounds in the 18-horse jump-off, breaking the beams in 38.07 seconds to earn second place and €5,100.

Victory went to Pius Schwizer with WH Delilah (0/0 37.90). On the same day, Allen was fifth in the 1.30m with the eight-year-old mare Jelvinia MB at just their first show together. The Kannan mare was purchased by Ballywalter Stables in December having previously been ridden by Johan Bergs of The Netherlands.

Belgian Grand Prix victory for EIC Cooley Jump the Q (ISH)

BERTRAM Allen was having his last outing in Europe at Sentower Park last weekend before heading to the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida and he was out of luck in the two-star Grand Prix, finishing 11th after a fence down against the clock with the 11-year-old gelding Carlo 454.

Victory went to Austria’s Max Kühner with the Pam Walshe-bred EIC Cooley Jump the Q (Pacino x OBOS Quality). The talented nine-year-old gelding won the four-year-old final at Cavan in 2017 under Katie O’Suillivan before being sold to Kühner who has produced him up to five-star level. He was fourth in a 1.50m at the five-star London International Horse Show before Christmas.

Tinka’s Boy passes away aged 33

MARKUS Fuchs’ former top horse Tinka’s Boy (Zuidpool x Zeus) has passed away aged 33. Some of their big succeses include winning the World Cup Final in Gothenburg in 2001, as well as finishing second in 2000 and third in 2004. They were members of the Swiss team that won team silver at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games; they won both individual and team silver at the 1999 European Championships in Hickstead, as well as team bronze at the 2003 Europeans in Donaueschingen. The great stallion sired many succesful horses, including Billy Twomey’s Tinka’s Serenade.

Commenting to PferdeWoche, Fuchs said: “We are all sad but we are so grateful that after an extremely succesful 10-year sports career, he was able to enjoy such a long retirement in the best of health.”