Ireland’s 2018 World Equestrian Games Eventing team silver medalist Sam Watson has added another major title to his collection, after claiming a hugely impressive win on Sunday in the feature CCI4*-L at Ballindenisk International Horse Trials.
The Foran Equine Rider and the 13-year-old Traditional Irish Sport Horse gelding Imperial Sky were in second place heading into the final Show Jumping phase – just 0.6 penalties behind Belgian leader Geoffroy De Jamblinne with Consequent Pia Z. Watson jumped a perfect clear round to put the pressure on the Belgian rider, and when De Jamblinne lowered two fences the title went to Carlow-born Watson.
Sam Watson was also in excellent form in the CCI3*-S when taking third place aboard Ballybolger Talisman (ISH)(TIH).
Imperial Sky (ISH)(TIH) a 2006 grey gelding by Puissance (ISH) out of Skies of Blue (ISH) by Horos (TB). Breeder: Carolyn Lannigan O’Keefe. Owned by Cathy Byrne & Hannah Watson