From Ratoath to Hong Kong Plaza Shanghai

Sabrina Barnwell MVB MRCVS on 03 June 2014

What a weekend of glorious Irish sunshine. Congratulations to all the competitors, organisers, exhibitors and spectators that made Tattersalls 2014 such a huge success. The Connolly's RED MILLS under 25 title went to Millie Dumas who added second in the CIC*** to her podium tally for the weekend.

The RED MILLS Ambassadors had a successful weekend too. Elizabeth Power had a top ten finish with the very exciting Mind Me in his first ever 3 day event. Mind Me is bred by the Power family and is by Saffron Waldon and out of a mare called Younevertoldme who provided Elizabeth’s brother Robbie with his first winner as a National Hunt jockey in Punchestown in 2001.

RED MILLS Ambassador Austin O’Connor filled two of the top ten places in the CIC*** with Camilla Speirs taking a spot also with BT Border Bandit. Congratulations also to RED MILLS Ambassador Cathal Daniels in the CCIJ* for taking home the bronze with Mister Brightside.

While the eventers have been flying the flag on home soil the world of show jumping has moved to faraway pastures this week. The Longines Global Champions Tour of Shanghai (6-8 June) will offer a record US$2 million in prize money to some of the top names in show jumping over three days of CSI5* competition. This is indeed a momentous occasion as it marks the first time that international equestrian sport has taken place on Chinese turf. Prior to this show jumping riders have competed on borrowed horses in China but have been unable to travel horses in and out of the country.

Special FedEx horse flights arrived at Shanghai-Pudong International Airport ahead of the historic, ground-breaking Longines Global Champions Tour of Shanghai event this coming weekend. Excitement in China is building as over one hundred Chinese journalists waited through the night to catch a glimpse of the first horses unloading the air stables.

Among the riders and horses settling in at the world-famous China Art Pavilion are RED MILLS Ambassadors Edwina AlexanderBilly Twomey and Shane Breen. I am sure that the Chinese and the GCT organising committees have been working frantic hours in order to get the arenas and the stables and China Art Pavillion in impeccable condition in anticipation of the event.

One thing that we can definitely guarantee is that the breakfast, lunch and supper arrangements for the horse will be of the highest quality. Connolly’s RED MILLS are the “Official Horse Feed Supplier” for the event, providing all the horses at the show with their meals.

Edwina's Cevo Itot du Chateau will be having his Competition Mix in the luxury of his own stable as he doesn’t travel to Shanghai. The legendary pocket rocket will be appearing in Paris to give his fans the final salute as he retires from show jumping at 18 years young.

Tags: Billy Twomey, Camilla Speirs, Cathal Daniels, Edwina Tops-Alexander, GCT, Longines Global Champions Tour, Showjumping, Tattersalls International Horse Trials