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  1. Francis Connors crowned 2019 TRM/Horse Sport Ireland New Heights Champions Series winner – Ger O’Neill wins final leg at Barnadown

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    Waterford’s Francis Connors and the Hugh Fitzpatrick-owned and bred Erne Ladygoldilocks were crowned 2019 TRM/Horse Sport Ireland New Heights Champions Series winners following the final leg of the series at Barnadown in Co Wexford on Sunday September 2nd.  Connors and the 12-year-old chestnut mare finished third in the final leg giving them a total of 47 league points to take the title.

    The pair scored a win at the Galway County round of the lucrative series and were regularly among the top places throughout the season including at Portmore, Omagh, Balmoral and Maryville.

    This win also means Connors is the 2019 Irish National Champion and speaking afterwards he outlined how consistent Erne Ladygoldilocks has been for him:

    “I started riding her in the Autumn of her 5-year-old year. She has won very few classes in her career as she is probably not the fastest but she has jumped some amount of clear rounds. It’s been great, she has been so consistent in these bigger classes over the last few seasons. The next stage will probably be an embryo hopefully and after that we will decide and make a plan.”

    Fellow Waterford rider Tholm Keane finished as league runner-up with BMH Big Time on 35 points while Tim MacDonagh and Hollypark Galloway finished third overall.

    The final leg of the series at Barnadown saw Kilkenny’s Ger O’Neill take victory with Warrior’s Glory. Second place went to
    Edward Doyle Jnr with Billy Guilder ahead of Francis Connors and Erne Ladygoldilocks in third. Kate Derwin was the highest placed young rider taking fourth with AHG Whiterock Cruise Down. Tim MacDonagh and Hollypark Galloway took fifth place while Liam O’Meara completed the top six with Oldtown KC.

  2. The Curragh and TRM launch Stable Staff Appreciation Month

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    August is Curragh Stable Staff Appreciation Month in association with TRM featuring a variety of exciting initiatives benefiting stable staff throughout the month.

    • All stable staff will be able to avail of two complimentary admission tickets for Friday evening 9th August, which features a clash between our top juveniles in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Group 1).
    • A series of four ultra competitive races taking place on all four Friday meetings on 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th August will be sponsored by TRM with points awarded for the first four placed horses.  The trainer with the most points at the end of the TRM series will win a €1000 voucher for TRM products and a breakfast for all the staff
    • All grooms in charge of winners of all races throughout the season at the Curragh will receive a specially branded TRM / Curragh Racecourse BTO jacket and will be entered into an end of year prize draw.

    Commenting on the programme TRM’s Larry Masterson said TRM are fully appreciative of the critical part played by stable staff in our industry and are delighted to be working alongside the Curragh Racecourse on this and other incentives. The aim is to improve racing for all involved from the horses well-being through our innovative range of supplements, to the trainers, owners, breeders and stable staff alike.”

  3. Elizabeth Power dominates at Tattersalls with victory in TRM/Horse Sport Ireland New Heights Champions Series

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    Co Meath’s Elizabeth Power was in unstoppable form at Tattersalls Ward Union Horse Show over the weekend, claiming victory in Sunday’s TRM/Horse Sport Ireland New Heights Champions Series, just 24 hours after also coming out on top in The Underwriting Exchange Grand Prix at the same venue.

    Both of Power’s victories came with her own 18-year-old Irish Sport Horse Doonaveeragh O One (pictured above). The TRM/Horse Sport Ireland New Heights Champions Series at Tattersalls saw nine combinations jump clear in the opening round. The jump-off saw Power and Doonaveeragh O One post a second clear in 45.39 seconds which would see them finish almost four seconds faster than runner-up Dermott Lennon with Gelvins Touch (49.37). Jessica Burke took third place with Express Trend in a time of 51.50, while Tholm Keane and BMH Big Time maintained their good recent form to finish fourth in 51.57. All of the top five finishers jumped double clear rounds including Paul Beecher who took fifth spot with Ikona VT Recht Eind (54.31), while Tim Mac Donagh finished sixth with Hollypark Galloway with one fence down in 48.40.

    Maryville in Co Cork will host the penultimate round of the TRM/Horse Sport Ireland New Heights Champions Series this Sunday July 28th before the final leg takes place at the Irish Breeders Class on August 31st.

    Detail via: Horse Sport Ireland

  4. TRM pledge to make donation to ‘The Jack Dodd Foundation’ for every entry to the New Heights Champions Series 2019

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    The Jack Dodd Foundation was formed in memory of Jack Dodd, who tragically passed away in June of 2018. 

    At its core, The Jack Dodd Foundation aims to be the voice at the end of the phone that Jack was to his friends and family. By taking a multi-level approach, The Foundation aims to be able to create a one-stop-shop for riders facing any uncertainties in their business or personal lives, ensuring they always have someone to contact about any troubles they may encounter through the duration of their careers. By opening our doors and hearts, we hope to encourage others to open theirs and pave the way to a heightened community and network. 

    The Jack Dodd Foundation was formed in memory of  Mayo born, Irish International Showjumper, Jack Dodd, who tragically passed away in June of 2018. 

    Jack Dodd

    Speaking ahead of the series earlier this year, TRM Managing Director Raoul Masterson said: “2019 will mark the 9th consecutive season for TRM’s support of top level Showjumping in Ireland……Jack Dodd is a character that’s really missed in Irish Showjumping , to honour Jack’s memory TRM will be making a donation to ‘The Jack Dodd Foundation’ for every entry made  into the New Heights Champions Series 2019″

    David & Trish Dodd at the TRM headquarters

    Whilst visiting TRM headquarters in Co. Kildare Jack’s parents Trish and David stated: “The Jack Dodd Foundation fund will be available to riders and their families in times of need. We received enormous help after Jacks accident and will ensure this support continually remains to anyone within our sport. Further, our database will provide contacts from various industries, including Business/Professional Services, Personal development, Health & Nutrition, and Marketing.”

    The foundation also supports three Charities whose work is ongoing, The Brain Battle Fund at Maastricht University Hospital, The Irish Kidney Foundation, and the Irish Injured Riders Fund. 

    For further information, please consult the website, www.jackdoddfoundation.org, or contact [email protected]

    Thank you to David & Trish Dodd who visited the TRM headquarters this week.

    David & Trish Dodd at the TRM headquarters
    along with TRM Marketing Manager, Elaine Hatton
  5. Tim MacDonagh wins Omagh leg of the TRM |HSI New Heights Champions Series

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    Galway’s Tim MacDonagh and the Jackie Lee-owned gelding Hollypark Galloway claimed victory in Saturday’s fifth round of the TRM/Horse Sport Ireland New Heights Champions Series at Omagh Show in Co Tyrone.

    One of just five combinations to jump clear in the opening round, they completed a faultless performance when crossing the line clear in 49.59 seconds in the jump-off to take the winners prize. Waterford’s Tholm Keane and BMH Big Time added to their league points tally with a runner-up finish when clear in 50.38.

    The only other double clear round came from Kevin Gallagher and Ballypatrick Flamenco who took third place in 54.30. League leaders, Francis Connors and Erne Ladygoldilocks, posted the fastest four fault round of the jump-off (50.02) to finish fourth, just ahead of Robert Harrison and Landlystes Rublina in fifth (52.25). James Hogg and Intuitive completed the top six with the fastest four fault score of the first round.

    The next round of the TRM/Horse Sport Ireland New Heights Champions Series will take place at Cork Summer Show on Sunday July 14th.