Blue Chip and IDHS (GB) £2,000 Challenge


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Sam Roche’s big chestnut gelding, Cabra West, made it two in a row when he trounced strong opposition to take the Blue Chip and IDHS GB) £2,000 Challenge last week – for the second time -earning his owner the massive £1,000 prize, the Blue Chip Trophy presented by Mrs. C. Blaskey, and a smart Blue Chip rug.

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The prestigious class is a highlight of the Annual Irish Draught Horse Society (GB), and competitors must first qualify at selected shows around the country. At the Show, competitors have another hoop to jump through, as they must get through semi-finals to have a chance.

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The show’s move to Arena UK, near Grantham, gave organisers the opportunity to introduce a Gala Performance in the International Indoor Arena on the Saturday evening, with the Blue Chip Final as THE big event. In front of an appreciative audience, some of the best examples of the versatility and quality of the Irish Draught breed, pure and part-bred, showed themselves off in front of the Judges. There were cobs, lightweights and middleweights – all with a minimum of 25% Irish Draught blood, but in the end it was the heavyweight pure-bred, Cabra West, who triumphed.

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It was a particularly satisfying win for Sam Roche, who bred Cabra West and rode him to victory. The 11 year old, by Skippy Too, has had an immensely successful show career. His performances this year include Champion Irish Draught at Three Counties, Midlands ID Show, Ashby, Canwell and the Festival of the Horse. He qualified first time out for HOYS at Three Counties Show in the Heavy Weight Hunter. He was 6th at the Royal International Horse Show this year and Reserve Champion Hunter at the Festival of the Horse and Reserve Hunter Champion at Nantwich.

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And Cabra West is not JUST a show horse. He enjoys his hunting with the Atherstone Foxhounds and jumps for fun. He has the true Irish Draught temperament, and Sam has no qualms about letting her 12 year old daughter exercise him at home.

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Speaking after her win, Sam said: “Winning the Blue Chip for a second time is a dream come true.. He really rose to the occasion, and loved the excellent surfaces at Arena UK. I owe Blue Chip twice for this title – once for providing the support and sponsorship but also for Blue Chip Original which keeps him looking his best!”

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Show Director, Janet George, seconded the praise for Blue Chip – and for Arena UK. “The move to this venue proved immensely popular with our exhibitors – the facilities and the support we received from Arena UK staff were second to none. Blue Chip has been amazingly generous in its support for the Irish Draught Horse Society (GB) and the Championship provided a fabulous finale to our first Evening Gala – which was also much appreciated by competitors.”

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Reserve Champion in the Blue Chip & IDHS(GB) £2,000 Challenge was another pure-bred HW gelding, Christian Kwek’s Jack Daniels IX, by Annaghdown Star RID, who was ridden by his owner in the semi-finals but had a substitute jockey in Sue Tutcher for the final as Christian had to be elsewhere. Christian’s disappointment at missing the ride in the final was undoubtedly lessened by the placing with generous prize money of £500.

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Runners-up – each receiving £100 – were:

3rd: Miss Lucy Henson’s Bureaucrat, a bay gelding by Colin Diamond ISH,ridden by his owner.

4th: Mrs. R. Heatherington’s Hallmark IX (RID), chestnut gelding by Welcome Flagmount (RID),ridden by Jack Cochrane

5th: Alison Davis’s Kenlis Caruso, bay gelding by The Bard (RID), ridden by Rory Gilsehan.

6th: D. Pittendrigh’s liver chestnut gelding, Castle Jordan, by Castana, ridden by Sarah Trattles.

7th: Mrs. R. Maxwell’s Malibu II, a chestnut gelding by Snowford Benson (RID), ridden by Mrs.Jane Collins

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