The Fagan family along with over 70 volunteers ran a top class event which was the CSI2* international at the Mullingar Equestrian Centre over the Bank Holiday weekend. The effort that goes in behind the scenes to make an event like this possible I can only imagine is absolutely immense, and to them I'm very grateful. We were all riding in short sleeves and we got a great reminder that when the sun is shining, there's no place like Ireland!
The highlight of the weekend was the 20,000 euro Grand Prix which took place on Monday. Splendor jumped really well but had an unlucky rail down to finish 9th. There were only two clear rounds and it was won by Scott Brash from Peebles in Scotland. He rode two very accurate rounds and seems a real nice guy also, and I for one was delighted to see him winning it as it added somewhat of an international dimension to the show.
Following the Grand Prix the Westmeath Hospice Pairs Relay took place, where a pony rider was teamed up with a professional and they both jumped a course of fences against the clock. This was a fantastic initiative as firstly it raised over 3,000 euro for the Westmeath Hospice and secondly it allowed the pony riders access to the professionals who all gave a lesson prior to the show to their respective pony partners and also gave advice during the course walk.
I was teamed up with a lovely kid, 10 years old, Roisin Fagan, who incidentally was delivered by my late grandfather Karl Mullen. Roisin and her pony Dougal attacked the course with great determination and when our two scores were added together we finished an eventual third. These kind of classes along with Puissances and Knock Outs are what the public wants to see, and full marks to the organisers for starting the ball rolling.
I fly to St. Gallen in the morning where I start to jump Baloufina, Irish Independent Echo Beach and Complete on Thursday. The Nations' Cup will be on Friday. Check back for more news over the weekend.