Conor McGregor expresses grief after aunt passes away due to coronavirus in Ireland

first_imgLast Updated: 14th March, 2020 19:24 IST Conor McGregor Expresses Grief After Aunt Passes Away Due To Coronavirus In Ireland Former UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor recently revealed that his aunt Anne Moore has passed away in Ireland due to coronavirus. @TheNotoriousMMA sorry for the loss of your aunt. 🙏— charles belcher (@cbelcher6711) March 14, 2020 Adil Khan Former UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor recently revealed that his aunt Anne Moore has passed away in Ireland due to coronavirus. In an emotional Instagram post, Conor McGregor revealed that he can’t visit his hometown and meet his aunt’s family because coronavirus has taken six lives until now in Ireland. He said he hates the situation, but can’t do anything.Here is the heartfelt message Conor McGregor posted LIVE TV First Published: 14th March, 2020 19:23 IST WATCH US LIVE Also Read l  Coronavirus: Pope calls for prayers for the sick and quarantined COMMENT Also Read l Conor McGregor donates $1 million to 9/11 First Responders FoundationIn a lengthy post, former UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor posted some pictures of his family including his fiancée Dee Devlin and their two children. Some of the pictures were snapped on Thursday when Conor McGregor donated around $1 million to the first responder charity created by Frank Siller. After the donation, Conor McGregor was being hailed as a ‘hero’. After donating, Conor McGregor gave a statement where he revealed that the first responders around the world are real heroes. He said they are the one who risks their lives and run to save lives in emergencies. He said they know what’s happening at the place of the crisis, but they still go to save lives, which is inspiring.Also Read l UFC 248: Conor McGregor lashes out at result of Weili vs Joanna fight SUBSCRIBE TO US @TheNotoriousMMA Sorry to hear about your Aunt.— Woody (@Kenmcpherson59) March 14, 2020 Also Read l Coronavirus live: Shoaib Akhtar angry at Chinese people for eating bats and dogsFans from all over the world showed support to Conor McGregor and asked him to be strong. Some showed hate towards to coronavirus while others asked Conor McGregor to take care of his family. One even told Conor McGregor to bring his entire family to his house, so that they can stay safe from coronavirus. According to sources, until now around 119 people in Ireland are probably infected with the coronavirus. Written By FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Former Denver star Wolfe finally gets to play for Ravens

first_img First Published: 4th April, 2020 12:13 IST COMMENT Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 4th April, 2020 12:13 IST Former Denver Star Wolfe Finally Gets To Play For Ravens  Derek Wolfe figured he missed yet another chance to join the Baltimore Ravens when the team reached agreement last month on a three-year contract with free agent defensive lineman Michael Brockers. WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img LIVE TV  Derek Wolfe figured he missed yet another chance to join the Baltimore Ravens when the team reached agreement last month on a three-year contract with free agent defensive lineman Michael Brockers.After Baltimore’s deal with Brockers fell through, Wolfe immediately told his agent to get in touch with the Ravens. Not long after that, the free agent tackle left the Denver Broncos to sign a one-year contract with Baltimore.“I’m extremely happy,” Wolfe said Friday in a teleconference. “Everything happens for a reason, man. When things aren’t supposed to happen, they do. I always thought I would fit into that (Ravens) organization really well. My whole career I thought that. I thought I was going to be drafted by them coming out in 2012. I’m really happy that I’m finally there.”Wolfe considered asking the Broncos to be dealt to Baltimore before last year’s trade deadline, but backed off in an effort to show loyalty to the team that paid his salary for eight seasons. Although he had a career-high seven sacks in just 12 games in 2019, Wolfe figured his time in Denver was over.“When a team doesn’t extend you during the season, it’s kind of a good sign that they’re ready to move on,” he said. “My first choice was the Ravens.”He told his agent: “I really don’t care about the money right now. I just want to get on that team.”Baltimore went 14-2 last season, thanks mostly to a potent offense led by quarterback Lamar Jackson that ranked No. 1 in the NFL in points and yards rushing. The defense was solid, but during the offseason general manager Eric DeCosta was determined to improve a unit that allowed 4.4 yards per rush — worst in franchise history.By adding free agent Calais Campbell and now Wolfe (instead of Brockers), the front line of Baltimore’s 3-4 defense appears far more formidable.“When I saw Calais was going there, and I knew Brandon (Williams) was there already, it was a no-brainer for me,” Wolfe said. “I think we can have the best defensive line in the league for sure. We can break records for (fewest) yards per rush. I think we’re going to be able to shut that run game down, and when it comes to our offense keeping us up by 10 or 20 points a game, it’s going to get ugly for these quarterbacks.”Wolfe’s goal this season is to stay healthy (he’s played all 16 games in only three seasons), play well and win a championship.“I feel like if I can come in there and prove myself, they’ll extend me for a few years and I can be part of the organization,” Wolfe said. “I would like to help bring a ring to the city.”Wolfe is excited to be part of a defense that long ago built a reputation for toughness. He learned about the tight-knit organization last season from quarterback Joe Flacco, who was traded from Baltimore to Denver in March 2019.“I used to eat breakfast with Joe every morning,” Wolfe said. “He told me it was one big family, and that’s what I want to be part of.”Wolfe visited the Ravens’ training facility before the 2012 draft. He ended up being taken by Denver in the second round, and now, finally, the 6-foot-5, 285-pounder is part of Baltimore.“I don’t really know that much about the city,” Wolfe said, “other than they’re all about crab cakes and football.” Written By FOLLOW USlast_img read more

With most spots filled, Bills shore up backup needs in draft

first_img First Published: 26th April, 2020 10:32 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Brandon Beane’s objective upon arriving in Buffalo was to build competition at every position.Three years later, the Bills general manager took a significant step toward realizing his vision.With few trade-able assets, Beane mostly resisted the urge to trade up and down the NFL draft order as he had done the previous two years.And having addressed the team’s most immediate needs in free agency and the acquisition of receiver Stefon Diggs in a trade with Minnesota last month, Beane spent much of the three-day draft shoring up secondary positions.The standing-pat approach paid off in the early rounds.Without the benefit of a first-round pick, which Buffalo traded in the deal for Diggs, Beane targeted backup needs by selecting Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa and Utah running back Zack Moss on Friday.With Buffalo’s final five picks on Saturday, he turned his attention to adding competition at various positions — from drafting a quarterback, Georgia’s Jake Fromm, to adding a place-kicker in Georgia Southern’s Tyler Bass.Beane was able to stay patient in making his selections, knowing the Bills had fewer needs after spending the past two offseasons using Buffalo’s new-found salary-cap space to add veteran free agents.Beane also placed an emphasis on adding veteran players to fill immediate roster needs, because they should be more comfortable learning a playbook as opposed to counting on rookies to develop with the coronavirus pandemic cutting into offseason practice time.Beane acknowledged he wasn’t anticipating selecting a quarterback in the fifth round, but found Fromm difficult to pass up with the No. 167 pick.Fromm, who led Georgia to the College Football Playoff title game in 2018, isn’t expected to challenge Josh Allen for the starting job.And yet he provides Buffalo potential long-term insurance in a backup position with veteran Matt Barkley entering the final year of his contract.And even veteran kicker Stephen Hauschka was sent his latest reminder of his job not being secure with Bass being selected 188th overall. Hauschka struggled last season in missing six of 28 field-goal attempts, including two in a 19-16 loss to Cleveland.ON THE RECEIVING ENDAdding Diggs to a group of receivers that includes John Brown and Cole Beasley didn’t stop the Bills from stocking up on the position in the draft.Central Florida’s Gabriel Davis was selected in the fourth round (128th overall), and Oregon State’s Isaiah Hodgins was chosen with pick No. 207.Buffalo’s depth chart already includes returning backups Andre Roberts, Isaiah McKenzie, Robert Foster and Duke Williams.“Yeah, they’ve got deep guys, but you come to the NFL to compete,” said Davis, who set a single-season school record with 1,241 yards receiving as a junior last year.TRADER BEANEBeane was busy in his previous two drafts in Buffalo. In 2018, he moved up five spots to select quarterback Josh Allen with the No. 7 pick, and then moved up six spots to draft linebacker Tremaine Edmunds at No. 16.Last year, Beane traded up two spots to select tackle Cody Ford in the second round. He also gave up two fourth-round selections to trade back into the third round to select tight end Dawson Knox.Without revealing the details, the closest Beane came to making a trade was in the latter rounds. He said he had just finalized making a deal when the player he was targeting was selected.MOSS MEANS BUSINESSMoss’ physical straight-ahead running style is expected to complement starting running back Devin Singletary’s shiftier approach.Beane cited a statistic in which Moss broke at least one tackle on 38% of his carries, and has a chance to earn a job in short-yardage and goal-line situations.Moss, who set the Utah career record with 38 touchdowns rushing, said he enjoys bowling over defenders.“I like to be physical, trying to have defenses make a lot of business decisions in making tackles against me,” he said.KICKING ITBass became the 12th place kicker drafted by Buffalo since 1970s, and third since the Bills used a seventh-round pick to select John Potter in 2012. The Bills actually chose two kickers — Grant Guthrie in the sixth round and Stefan Schroder, 13th — in 1970.FINAL PICKThe Bills closed the draft by selecting Pitt cornerback Dane Jackson with the 239th pick. COMMENTcenter_img Written By FOLLOW US Last Updated: 26th April, 2020 10:32 IST With Most Spots Filled, Bills Shore Up Backup Needs In Draft Brandon Beane’s objective upon arriving in Buffalo was to build competition at every position. Associated Press Television News last_img read more

Astros at Dodgers, ‘Field of Dreams’ highlight MLB schedule

first_img  At long last, baseball is ready to go after opening day was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. With a myriad of potential problems circling a 60-game schedule, the whole season is truly a day-to-day proposition.With that in mind, here are a handful of dates to mark on the calendar. Just make sure you use a pencil.THURSDAY, JULY 23New York Yankees at Washington Nationals: Baseball begins again with a star-studded matchup in a city that knows a little something about expectations and power. Juan Soto and Washington open their title defense after winning the World Series for the first time in franchise history. Gerrit Cole is hoping to lead New York to its 28th championship after the ace right-hander signed a blockbuster deal with the Yankees in free agency.THURSDAY, JULY 30Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins: The Twins clubbed a major league-record 307 homers on their way to the AL Central title last year — and then added slugger Josh Donaldson in free agency. Cleveland finished second in the division with 93 wins, but its biggest offseason move might have been the one it didn’t make — holding on to Francisco Lindor. The Indians kept their All-Star shortstop in hopes of making another playoff run, and they should be in the mix once again.FRIDAY, AUG. 7Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics: José Altuve and Houston finish their first road trip in Oakland, home of former teammate Mike Fiers. But this isn’t going to be one of those warm reunions. In an interview with The Athletic for a story published in November, Fiers blew the whistle on Houston’s sign-stealing program in its run to the 2017 World Series title, touching off a scandal that could shadow the Astros for years to come. Fiers and the A’s visit Houston for the first time on Aug. 28.THURSDAY, AUG. 13St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago White Sox: The Cardinals are in and the Yankees are out for baseball’s tribute to “Field of Dreams” at the site in eastern Iowa where the 1989 movie was filmed. The Yankees were scheduled to face the White Sox in the first regular-season game in the Hawkeye State, but the Cardinals got the role after Major League Baseball shortened its schedule because of the pandemic.MONDAY, AUG. 17Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves: Ronald Acuña Jr. and Atlanta host Trea Turner and Washington in their first meeting since the Nationals won it all. The Braves topped the NL East last season for the second straight year — and flopped in the playoffs once again. While Atlanta was eliminated by St. Louis in the NL Division Series, Washington took home the championship. The division rivals also play seven times in the first half of September.FRIDAY, AUG. 21Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants: Madison Bumgarner returns to San Francisco after signing an $85 million, five-year contract with Arizona in December. The ace lefty spent his first 11 seasons with the Giants, winning the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014. The new-look Diamondbacks also acquired Starling Marté in a trade with Pittsburgh in January.MONDAY, AUG. 31Trade deadline: Last day during the season to trade a player. The deadline to be in an organization for postseason eligibility is Sept. 15.WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees: The Rays were one of baseball’s biggest surprises a year ago, going 96-66 and making it to the AL Division Series before losing to Houston. Now Charlie Morton and company are expected to battle New York for the AL East title. The 10-game season series between the clubs could go a long way toward deciding the division after the Yankees went 12-7 against the Rays in 2019.SATURDAY, SEPT. 12Houston Astros at Los Angeles Dodgers: Los Angeles was supposed to face the AL Central in interleague play this year. Then the coronavirus hit and MLB reorganized its schedule to limit travel — setting up Houston’s first trip to Dodger Stadium since the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme became public knowledge. The Dodgers lost to Houston in seven games in that 2017 World Series, and they weren’t shy about expressing their disdain for the Astros after the scandal came out over the winter.SUNDAY, SEPT. 27Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals: The last two NL Central champions finish the regular season with a four-game set. Jack Flaherty and Paul Goldschmidt led the way as St. Louis won the division last year for the first time since 2015, finishing two games ahead of Milwaukee. But the Brewers played without Christian Yelich down the stretch after the star outfielder broke his right kneecap.Los Angeles Angels at Los Angeles Dodgers: The Freeway Series drives into the last weekend of the season. Mike Trout and the Angels are hoping to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2014, and they’ll have Joe Maddon in the dugout after he was hired as manager in October. The loaded Dodgers, who acquired Mookie Betts in a Feb. 10 trade with Boston, are aiming for their first World Series championship since 1988.Image credits: AP First Published: 14th July, 2020 07:27 IST WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News Written By COMMENTcenter_img Last Updated: 14th July, 2020 07:27 IST Astros At Dodgers, ‘Field Of Dreams’ Highlight MLB Schedule  At long last, baseball is ready to go after opening day was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. 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Kenny and Moore deliver two seconds for Ireland in Florida

first_imgHome  »  General  »  Kenny and Moore deliver two seconds for Ireland in Florida Tags: darragh kenny, stephen moore, wellington 7 March 2015, 11:28 6 August 2015, 18:04 Splaine confirms Ireland’s team for Friday’s Aga Khan Trophy 20 July 2015, 15:14 Horse Sport Ireland confirms Investec Irish Show Jumping squad for the 2015 Aga Khan Cup at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show Related news stories OFFALY-born rider Darragh Kenny produced a second place at the five-star show in Wellington, Florida last night (Friday), missing out on the top prize by just three quarters of a second.The evening’s feature speed competition saw the 27 year-old US-based rider claim one of 13 clear rounds in the competition aboard the Spruce Meadows-owned 11 year-old chestnut gelding Quiz. However, though the same horse had delivered victory for Kenny at Wellington just last month, this time he was edged narrowly out of the top spot by in-form American rider Andrew Ramsay on the Dutch-bred Welfare.Meanwhile, in the Under 25 Grand Prix Semi-Final at Wellington’s Palm Beach Equestrian Centre, Ireland’s 22 year-old Stephen Moore went head-to-head with Germany’s Laurenz Buhl in a tie-breaking jump-off. The two were the only competitors from a starting field of 34 to clear the challenging track set by Irish course designer Alan Wade.First to go, Buhl and River Dance Semilly completed the short course in a fast time of 45.67 seconds, but dropped a rail at the final fence that left the win in the balance. Moore tried for a clear round, but also had a rail on the course with Fantasy. His time was slower at 45.78 seconds, to put the pair in second place.Darragh Kennycenter_img 18 August 2015, 19:50 Splaine names Investec Irish team for tomorrow’s vital European Championships 10 August 2015, 23:38 Splaine names Investec squad for European Championships at Aachen 20 July 2020, 10:14 Belgian Grand Prix win for Sligo’s Richard Howley as Irish impress in Europe and USA Kenny and Moore deliver two seconds for Ireland in Florida 7 August 2015, 19:49 Ireland wins the 2015 Aga Khan Trophy with fence in handlast_img read more

Jumping in the City Update for Amateur Athletes

first_imgHome  »  General  »  Jumping in the City Update for Amateur Athletes Tags: 22 May 2015, 17:34 Jumping in the City Update: Attention Amateur AthletesEntries for the The West Wood/Ifor Williams Trailers Amateur Open classes are oversubscribed. Accordingly, two draws will need to take place to allocate the 16 places at each show. It had been intended to hold this draw during the amateur qualifier at Tubberbride Equestrian Centre this weekend. However, it has now been decided that the draw should be overseen by the Horse Sport Ireland auditors.Accordingly the draw will take place in the Horse Sport Ireland offices on Tuesday 26th May at 7.30pm. Athletes are welcome to attend the ballot, or nominate an observer. Jumping in the City Update for Amateur Athletes last_img read more

Runner-up finish for Cian O’Connor in Rotterdam Grand Prix while Irish Sport Horses dominate Hickstead Derby

first_img Tags: Home  »  General  »  Runner-up finish for Cian O’Connor in Rotterdam Grand Prix while Irish Sport Horses dominate Hickstead Derby A brilliant performance from Ireland’s Cian O’Connor and the stallion Good Luck saw them finish as runners-up in today’s €200,000 five-star Grand Prix at Rotterdam in The Netherlands.One of eight combinations who made it through to the jump-off, O’Connor and the 11-year-old Good Luck produced a scorching fast second clear against the clock – stopping the clock in 40.46 seconds to take the lead when fourth to go. However Sweden’s Peder Fredricson and his Olympic silver medal winning horse, H&M All In, shaved three tenths of a second off the target when next to go and they would take the winners prize of €50,000. O’Connor collected €40,000 for his runner-up finish, which comes just a fortnight after he won the five-star Sopot Grand Prix in Poland with Good Luck.Offaly’s Darragh Kenny also made it into the jump-off with Charly Chaplin S and they posted the fastest time of the competition (39.43). Agonizingly however, the very last fence fell to the floor dropping Kenny down to seventh place at the finish.Irish Sport Horses dominate Hickstead DerbyIrish Sport Horses filled the top four places in the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby in the UK. Victory went to The Irish Sport Horse Golvers Hill (ISH), bred by Patrick Lynch from Co. Galway and ridden by Britain’s Nigel Coupe. They were one of just two combinations who jumped clear over the demanding Hickstead first round course and came out on top after a jump-off against Harriet Nuttall (GBR) and A Touch Imperious (ISH).Co Down’s Dermott Lennon with Gelvins Touch (ISH) and Cork’s Billy Twomey (Diaghilev) were the highest placed Irish riders, sharing third place on 4 faults with Holly Smith (GBR) and the Irish-bred Quality Old Joker. Sligo’s Richard Howley also finished in the prizes, taking seventh pace with Chinook on an 8 fault score.ISH BREEDING;1st Golvers Hill (ISH) – 2003 gelding by Ricardo Z (ZANG) out of Hill of Clover (RID), by Clover Hill (ID). Breeder: Patrick Lynch, Co. Galway. Owner: Susan Simmons. Rider: Nigel Coupe (GBR)2nd A Touch Imperious (ISH) – 2004 gelding by Touchdown (ISH) out of Cavimperius (ISH), by Cavalier Royale (HOLST). Bred by Leo Rice, Co. Monaghan. Owner: Rupert Nuttall. Rider Hariet Nuttall (GBR)=3rd Quality Old Joker (ISH) – 2008 gelding by OBOS Quality 004 (OLD) out of Little Joker (WNTR), by Slyguff Joker VII (WNTR). Breeder: Roberta Dowley, Co. Kilkenny. Owner/Rider: Holly Smith (GBR)=3rd Gelvins Touch (ISH) – 2006 grey gelding by Touchdown (ISH) out of Whitestown Diamond (ISH), by Diamond Lad (ID). Bred by John McCann, Co. Roscommon. Owner: Victoria Loane. Rider: Dermott Lennon (IRL) Runner-up finish for Cian O’Connor in Rotterdam Grand Prix while Irish Sport Horses dominate Hickstead Derby 25 June 2017, 17:22last_img read more

Belated wedding present for Mark McAuley with five-star win in Belgium

first_img Co Louth’s Mark McAuley has maintained his recent excellent run of form, with victory in tonight’s (Friday) Samsung speed class at Mechelen’s World Cup show in Belgium – just a week after his wedding to his Swedish girlfriend Charlotte Mordasini.McAuley partnered the 8-year-old gelding Valentino Tuiliere (Diamant de Semilly x Silvio) to the fastest clear round in 57.75 seconds to take the top prize of just over €6,000. Belgium’s Francois Jr Mathy took runner-up spot with Falco van de Clehoeve (57.83), while French rider Julien Epaillard finished third with Instit de Jucaso (58.09).McAuley will line out in the Mechelen round of the Longines FEI World Cup series on Saturday along with fellow Irish rider Bertram Allen.Meanwhile at the four-star Liverpool International Horse Show in the UK, Tipperary’s Shane Breen and Ipswich van de Wolfsakker finished second in today’s 1m50 jump-off class behind Egyptian winner Sameh El Dahan riding Sumas Zorro. Home  »  General  »  Belated wedding present for Mark McAuley with five-star win in Belgium 29 December 2017, 19:29 Belated wedding present for Mark McAuley with five-star win in Belgium Tags:last_img read more

Horse Sport Ireland Breeding Feature – The future is bright at Ennisnag Stud

first_imgHome  »  General  »  Horse Sport Ireland Breeding Feature – The future is bright at Ennisnag Stud Tags: Horse Sport Ireland Breeding Feature – The future is bright at Ennisnag Stud Ennisnag Stud is located in the heart of Kilkenny just off the busy M9 motorway. This family owned stud is managed by brothers Andrew and Niall Hughes and lies on 240 acres of some of the country’s best limestone grassland.The breeding operation at Ennisnag Stud is home to some of the best pedigrees and bloodlines in the world, as Andrew Hughes outlines this week to Horse Sport Ireland:“There are 24 broodmares in today, 21 of which are due to foal in 2020. These foals are by some of the best stallions in the world such as Cornet Obolensky (BWP), Zirocco Blue VDL (SF), Stakkato Gold (HANN) and Chacco Blue (MECKL). We have 18 yearlings, 15 two-year-olds, 19 three-year-olds, 11 four-year-olds and 15 other horses between the ages of five and nine.“We have been working on our breeding plan over a 15-year period. I began to source the top jumping mares in Europe with the aim to improve our Irish Sport Horse heard. We have tried to cover these mares with the top-ranked stallions to produce top class show jumpers. Our next step is to breed top stallions through our breeding programme. We decided to put this plan into action three years ago, and our first batch of Irish bred stallions are now coming of age. We will have 4 four-year-olds which we have kept entire for the ISH Studbook inspection next year. We have 6 two-year colts and 7 yearlings with the same aim, to keep them entire and bring them out for inspection in the Irish Sport Horse inspections.center_img Lithium V.S pictured following being awarded Preliminary Approved status at the 2020 HSI Stallion inspections“I’m very excited for next years batch in particular, we have a full brother to Beezie Maddens 12-year-old stallion Darry Lou. This colt is owned by Cian O’Connor and we intend to produce this stallion the same way through the inspection process and then through the Irish Sport Horse Studbook Series.“Following our recent success at the inspections with our stallion Lithium V.S. (KWPN) (2016 by Etoulon VDL (KWPN) out of Zuidam Lana V.S. (KWPN) by Guidam (SF) bred by H.H de Vries. and owned by Ennisnag Stud, I would like to congratulate Alison Corbally and the breeding department in Horse Sport Ireland for an extremely well organised inspection. The likes of this inspection are on par with any of the inspections we see in other European studbooks.“It is very disappointing that there are not more spectators present to see the stallions available in this country being put through their paces and that more stallion owners are not all bringing their stallions out for inspection. It is an extremely educational day for any breeders or producers to attend. We are very lucky to have the calibre of judge and rider in this country to judge and educate us. Captain Geoff Curran did an excellent job riding the Sport Horses that passed stage one of the inspections the first day which allowed them to progress to the ridden section in stage two.”Breeder and producer of young horses Damien Griffin gave an insight into how they prepared for the Horse Sport Ireland Stallion Inspections:“In order to prepare Lithium for these inspections we broke him in March/April time last year and we let him off to develop. We then brought him back into work in October 2019. Our main objective at this time for this horse was to have him prepared and sufficiently schooled to achieve preliminary approved status at the ISH Stallion inspections. This horse has a great brain, temperament and plenty of scope, our next aim is to produce him through the Irish Sport Horse Studbook Series as a five, six and seven-year-old.“Then, Denis Lynch, who part owns him will take the ride and hopefully Lithium will begin his international career with Denis. I am a strong supporter of the stallion inspections and I have been attending the inspections for over 20 years with both Irish Draughts and Sport Horse stallions, they are a necessity to ensure quality and show we are growing in the right direction and progressing with our European counter parts.“If I need to be critical on anything, I find it’s a long day for young stallions to be out and waiting around to progress through each stage of the inspection. However, I was lucky enough to have two stallions out for inspections this year. Along with Lithium, I had Carneyhaugh Trojan, a 2016 stallion by For Pleasure (HANN) out of Carneyhaugh Allegro (ISH) by Don Juan De La Bouverie (SBS). He is bred and owned by Paddy Breen and passed stage one and will complete stage two in next year’s Irish Sport Horse Stallion inspection  – so it’s worth it when your stallions pass stage one and receives preliminary approved status.”Ennisnag Stud’s stallion herd is growing with the addition of two exciting new stallions to the yard. Ronan Tynan’s, ISH approved stallion, Warrenstown You 2 has just arrived in the yard. This stallion is 22 years of age and has an impressive performance history with Tholm Keane. Good Luck (BWP) has been in the yard for over a month. Andrew said, ‘We are not currently covering external mares with Good Luck as there is a fertility issue and we will just be testing him on our own mares for this breeding season.”Andrew Hughes finished up by saying he is very optimistic for Ennisnag Stud’s future.“We are all excited to see our breeding operation growing and coming together after 15 years in the making. Our aim is to have one of the best breeding and production yards in the world and to assist in putting Ireland back on the map as a destination for talented young and International show jumpers.” 25 March 2020, 19:26last_img read more