CSI 4*

Captain Brian Cournane & Penelope Cruz Dazzle in $36,000 Brickenden Trophy CSI 4* at Royal Horse Show

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November 8, 2018 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Captain Brian Cournane of Ireland enjoyed a win in the $36,000 Brickenden Trophy International Jumpers CSI 4* riding Penelope Cruz on Thursday afternoon.

From a starting field of 19 entries representing eight different countries, nine combinations advanced to the jump-off over Wade’s course.  The leading time continued to get progressively faster throughout the jump-off, with the final entry of Cournane and Penelope Cruz, his 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare, stopping the clock in 28.69 seconds to take the win.

“She’s naturally a very quick horse, so I knew that if I could do the distances and be tight, she covers the ground very quickly,” said Cournane, who acquired the mare from fellow Irishman Darragh Kerins a year ago.  “I had to have a lot of confidence in her to do the tight turns and trust that those jumps would stay up and that we’d be fast.

“I’m so honoured to be here,” continued Cournane, who is competing at The Royal for the first time. “It’s a wonderful show, and I’ve heard so many great things about it.  I was first reserve on the invited riders’ list for a couple of weeks; I was really hoping I’d get in and, at the end, I did!”

While Cournane is new to the Royal Horse Show, he’s very familiar with this year’s Royal Horse Show course designer.

“It’s very funny; when I was a kid doing hunter trials in Ireland, I was 16 or 17, and Alan was building the courses back then,” said Cournane, 36. “Now we’re at The Royal, and he’s building!  It’s incredible.”

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Keean White (CAN) & Tahiorn

With less than a second separating the top four finishers, second place with a time of 29.09 seconds went to Canada’s Keean White aboard Tahiorn while third place was awarded to Daniel Bluman of Israel with a time of 29.18 seconds riding Colestina H.  Rounding out the top four with a time of 29.58 seconds was Kent Farrington, the defending champion of the Royal Horse Show’s marquee event, the $205,000 Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM Toronto, riding Daddy Cool.

Competition at the Royal Horse Show continues through Saturday with show jumping highlights including the $50,000 Weston Canadian Open on Friday night and the highly-anticipated conclusion, the $205,000 Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM Toronto, presented by GroupBy, on Saturday, November 10.

More than 1,000 horses from around the globe are competing for $980,000 in prize money during the 10-day CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show.  VIP Platinum and Gold seating, as well as group and individual tickets, are selling quickly.  All Royal Horse Show tickets include general admission to the Fair.

For more information on the Royal Horse Show, the marquee event of The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, please visit www.royalfair.org/horseshow.html.

Funding support for The Royal has been provided by the City of Toronto and the Government of Ontario.

$36,000 Brickenden Trophy International Jumpers – Final Results
Thursday, November 8

      Rider  / Country / Horse / Faults/Time
1.  Capt. Brian Cournane (IRL) & Penelope Cruz – 0/0/28.69
2.  Keean White (CAN) &  Tahiorn – 0/0/29.09
3.  Daniel Bluman (ISR) & Colestina H – 0/0/29.18
4.  Kent Farrington (USA) & Daddy Cool – 0/0/29.58
5.  Karen Polle (JPN) & Sari – 0/0/30.04
6.  Nicole Walker (CAN) & Falco Van Spieveld – 0/0/30.67
7.  Ian Millar (CAN) & Truman – 0/0/31.96
8.  Catherine Tyree (USA) & Catungee – 0/4
9.  Rowan Willis (AUS) & Shark – 0/8
10. Amanda Derbyshire (GBR) & Roulette BH – 4
11. Molly Ashe Cawley (USA) & Cat Ballou – 4
12. Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) &  Fantast – 5

For full results, please click here.

Source: Press release from Jump Media for Royal Horse Show

Photos: © Ben Radvanyi Photography