Meath’s Sarah Ennis claimed victory in Sunday’s main three-star Dodson & Horrell Challenge at Chatsworth in England’s Peak District, on an Irish Sport Horse, Stellor Rebound.
Holding fifth place after the dressage phase, Ennis climbed the rankings after show jumping and cross-country to finish first of a 60-strong field on the ten year-old bay gelding.
Ireland’s Eventing High Performance Manager Nick Turner said after the Irish victory: “Sarah was up against a very strong field, but her performances in all three phases was top class, and Stellor Rebound is certainly a very exciting horse for the future.”
For those of our readers who are unfamiliar with some of the great performances by Sarah in recent years, some background information about the Dublin-born, Dunboyne-based rider:
‘A member of many Irish international teams, Sarah is Ireland’s top event rider with some 21 years of experience with horses to her job as a competitor, trainer, coach and an established CIC*** event rider.
Her first memory of riding is on her sister’s Shetland pony Christopher, and it was not long before she was hooked. She progressed through the Ward Union and Howth pony clubs and the Irish Pony Society. All of this gave her a great basic training in all aspects of equestrianism. Her focus moved to pure dressage and at the tender age of 15 she was awarded a Bronze Saddle. Her continued success meant that she went on to win two more Bronze Saddles.
Throughout her youth, she gave her all to any sport or activity she took part in. The proximity to the water in Howth meant that she became a keen sailor, regularly racing her father’s 17 footer ‘Silvermoon’. She also enjoyed diving and is qualified to Divemaster level.
At 18 she went on to start her eventing career, and got selected for the European Young Rider Squad in 1996. Sarah has ridden for and trained with many familiar faces on the eventing circuit, including Yvonne Monaghan, Janet Murray and Laura Glynn’.