Irish Take 2019 Longines Title and Tokyo Qualifying Spot
October 6, 2019
Barcelona, ESP – The Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final 2019 came to thrilling climax Sunday, and it was Irish eyes that were smiling when Rodrigo Pessoa’s team of Peter Moloney, Paul O’Shea, Darragh Kenny and Cian O’Connor clinched victory in fine style. Completing with just a single time fault, they pinned the defending champions from Belgium into runner-up spot while Sweden lined up in third. And to put the icing on the Irish cake they also collected the Olympic qualifying spot they have been craving for a very long time. Kenny concluded the weekend with two clear rounds over the fences aboard Ann Thompson’s Balou du Reventon to secure the Irish success.
Darragh Kenny Wins the Queen’s Cup in Barcelona
October 5, 2019
Barcelona, ESP – Darragh Kenny riding SHL Farm’s Sweet Tricia is the winner of the Queen’s Cup-Segura Viudas Trophy, the opening competition of CSIO Barcelona’s third journey. The Irish was the fastest of the fourteenth riders classified for the second round of the competition. With a time of 37.11 seconds in the second round, Darragh Kenny was two second faster than his immediate rival, the Swedish Henrik von Eckerman (riding Nancy Me).
Darragh Kenny Moves Into World’s Top Ten
October 4, 2019
The September update to the Longines FEI world rankings saw Ireland’s Darragh Kenny break into the top ten, taking over the ninth position and moving up from his previously slated position in eleventh. Kenny remains the highest ranked Irish athlete on the global list.
Hardin Towell Jockeys Carlo to Victory in $10,000 Douglas Elliman 1.40m Jumper CSI4* to Begin 2019 American Gold Cup
September 11, 2019
North Salem, N.Y. – The 2019 American Gold Cup, presented by CaptiveOne Advisors, LLC, made its triumphant return at Old Salem Farm to commence the event’s 49th installment Wednesday, with FEI competition attracting some of the world’s best horse-and-athlete teams to the pristine grass Grand Prix Ring. Beginning the week on a high note, Hardin Towell (USA) and Carlo topped the leaderboard in the $10,000 Douglas Elliman 1.40m Jumper CSI4*, while Cormac Hanley (IRL) piloted Cortani FBH to the blue ribbon in the $8,000 Porsche Danbury & Audi Danbury 1.40m Jumper. In the $2,000 Eastern Hay 1.30m Jumper, Captain Future Z carried Erynn Ballard (CAN) to victory ahead of a lofty field.
Business With Your Best Friend: Why It Works for Darragh Kenny and Hardin Towell at Oakland Stables
September 2, 2019
A quick internet search will likely advise that a business partnership with a best friend might not be such a good idea, often quoting the well-known phrase that one should never mix business with pleasure. Yet dynamic duos have paved the way across endless platforms of the entrepreneurial world: from middle school friends whose shared love of food turned into the legendary ice cream brand of Ben & Jerry’s, to the pair behind one of the largest publicly traded companies worldwide, Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett – even technology used every day like Google and Instagram were co-founded by friends. There are endless examples of why it can work, yet this still seems to be the road less traveled when it comes to the equestrian industry. There are countless family-run operations, but rarely do you see two friends setting out along this journey. However, that is exactly what Darragh Kenny and Hardin Towell decided to do with their business, Oakland Stables.
Hardin Towell and Darragh Kenny: What takes them to the top
August 14, 2019
Ten years ago, American show jumper Hardin Towell and Irish show jumper Darragh Kenny met for the first time. The two competitors, who shared a similar friend group, interests, goals, and a largely similar show schedule, quickly became close friends and began to rely on each other for advice and direction in the ever-changing sport of show jumping. While both of their careers were taking off inside of the ring, they soon realized how combining their goals outside of the ring as well could lead to even more success.
Hardin Towell and Gotcha Gallop to Hagyard Lexington Classic Win at KHJA Horse Show
August 22, 2019
Lexington, Ky. – Thursday night at the Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association (KHJA) Horse Show welcomed the return of the Hagyard Challenge Series with the $15,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. Besting a field of 43 horse-and-rider combinations, Hardin Towell (USA) rode Rock Ridge Farms’ Gotcha to a double-clear finish and the fastest jump off time of 37 seconds to capture the win.
Olympics at Forefront of Darragh Kenny’s Mind
August 4, 2019
In his bid for world domination, Darragh Kenny is at a high watermark heading into the Dublin Horse Show. His world ranking of 16 is his best ever for the 31-year-old but it is the Olympics which is dominating his thoughts along with the rest of the Irish team.
Ireland's Darragh Kenny Earns Podium Finish in London’s Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix
August 3, 2019
London, GBR – Two members of Ireland’s Aga Khan team for next week’s Dublin Horse Show finished on the podium in today’s €300,000 Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of London, with Cork’s Shane Sweetnam taking runner-up spot, just ahead of his Irish team mate, Offaly’s Darragh Kenny in third, who was last to go with his own and Ann Thompson’s Classic Dream and crossed the line clear in 37.62 seconds.
Darragh Kenny Continues Brilliant Run With Fifth Place Finish in €1 Million Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen
July 21, 2019
Aachen, GER – Another exceptional performance from Offaly’s Darragh Kenny has seen the Offaly rider take fifth place in today’s (Sunday) €1 Million Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen in Germany, which was part of the Rolex Grand Slam.
Riding the Jack Snyder-owned 14-year-old mare Babalou 41, Kenny was one of seven riders who jumped clear in the first two rounds over the demanding Aachen course. The third round jump-off saw Kenny finish with one fence down in a time of 48.04 seconds which would see him finish fifth and collect €60,000.
Hardin Towell and Carlo Jump to Win $35,700 Welcome Stake CSI2* at Great Lakes Equestrian Festival
July 19, 2019
Traverse City, Mich. – The third week of the 2019 Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF), presented by CaptiveOne Advisors, LLC, welcomed the first week of FEI competition at the Flintfields Horse Park, with international challengers taking to the Grand Prix Ring on Friday to compete for the top spot in the $35,700 Welcome Stake CSI2*. After a hard-fought class, Hardin Towell (USA) and Carlo, owned by Ann Thompson, emerged victorious to claim the class win and the greatest share of the prize money.
Darragh Kenny's Winning Streak Continues as the Irish rider tops the Prize of Handwerk at CHIO Aachen
July 17, 2019
Aachen, GER - Fresh from his grand prix win in Chantilly on Saturday, Darragh Kenny (IRL) continued his winning streak when taking the top honors in Wednesday's 1.45m Prize of Handwerk at CHIO Aachen.
Riding the 11-year-old stallion Cazador LS (Casall x Dollar de La Pierre), the Irish rider came in as last to go - snatching the win from home rider Andre Thieme (GER) and Cellisto (Celetrial x Calypso) by an incredible three seconds.
"He's already won a 1.45m speed class in Calgary. I knew he'd love this stadium," said Kenny after his victory with Cazador LS.
Daring Darragh and Balou Win LGCT Chantilly Showstopper
Chantilly, FRA – Irish speed merchant Darragh Kenny took his first ever Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix win aboard Balou du Reventon in a pulsating showdown in Chantilly.
A beaming Darragh said: “I knew I had to be really fast with so many good riders after me. He (Balou) is very careful so I knew I could trust him. He is an incredible horse and he always wants to be clear and tries so hard and my owner was here, she's an amazing owner.” Darragh’s win secured his golden ticket to the LGCT Super Grand Prix at the GC Playoffs in Prague in November, and he said: “I am definitely very relieved. The qualification for Prague is amazing. I really wanted to win it. Prague was an incredible event, one of the best shows I have ever been to. It was run fantastically. To have the opportunity to compete for that kind of prize money and prestige is amazing.”
Hardin Towell and Joli Jumper Place Second in the Queen Elizabeth Cup II 1.60m CSI5*
July 6, 2019
Calgary, Alberta – Setting the pace early in round one was Hardin Towell (USA), who as the third to go posted the first clear round of the day with his Oakmont Stables LLC’s Joli Jumper. Round two invited back the top twelve riders, carrying forward their faults from round one. The first to go of the clear efforts, Towell picked up one time fault, and Kocher followed suit.
“He was amazing. This was my first grand prix on him. My business partner, Darragh Kenny, and I bought him in April. I’ve been building my string and started in the1.40m the first week on him. He tried so hard out there today though,” commented Towell.
Darragh Kenny Aims High to Win €500.000 Rolex Grand Prix Presented by Audi
June 30, 2019
Knokke-Heist, BEL – “I had a very big aim for my horse for this week, and it was this Grand Prix,” Darragh Kenny said after winning the €500.000 Rolex Grand Prix presented by Audi.
Careful planning paid off for Kenny today. After opting not to come back for the second round in Friday’s big class, saving Balou du Reverton (Cornet Obolensky x Continue) for Sunday’s Grand Prix – all went according to the Irish rider’s plan. As last to go in a six-horse jump-off, he snatched the win from reigning World Champions Simone Blum and DSP Alice (Askari x Landrebell) by 0.48 seconds.
“I’ve had a lot of placings in Rolex Grand Prix competitions, but I never won one so it was very important for me to win today. I was fourth in Aachen and Rome as well as third in Geneva,” said the man who also was second in the Rolex Grand Prix of Knokke last year. “I’ve been getting close but not close enough!”
Darragh Kenny Not To Be Caught in the Top Series Grand Prix Qualifier
June 28, 2019
Knokke-Heist, BEL – On Thursday he won the CSI5* 1.45m, today he blew the competition away in the Top Series CSI3* 1.45m Bang & Olufsen Prize: Darragh Kenny is on flying form at Knokke Hippique.
With no less than nineteen riders moving on to the jump-off in this world ranking class, it was going to be a fast affair. Known as one of the fastest and smoothest riders in the world, Kenny had no problem delivering what was required to win however – leaving a second down to his closest competitor. Stopping the clock at 38.84 seconds with Sweet Tricia (Berlin x Tampa), Kenny beat Great Britain’s Amanda Derbyshire and Cornwall BH (Con Air x Cambridge) who finished as runners-up ahead of France's Penelope Leprevost and Varennes du Breuil (Jarnac x Fetiche du Pas) in third.
Irish Riders Open Strong in the CSI5* in Knokke Hippique
June 27, 2019
Knokke-Heist, BEL – Darragh Kenny continued the Irish success in the CSI5* 1.45m STX Horseboxes Prize, when taking the top honours with the 9-year-old Billy Dorito (Billy Mexico x Vechta). It was a close call though, as home rider Francois Mathy Jr. followed only 0.03 seconds behind on Hello Diamant (Diamant de Semilly x Stakkato) while third place went to Spain’s Pilar Lucrecia Cordon on Seawillow (Sir Satchmo x Stakkato Gold) 1.74 seconds behind the winning time.
“It was big enough and not so many clear rounds in the class. My horse Billy Dorito jumped really good today, was careful and although I did not go too fast I made the time quite easy,” Kenny commented afterwards. “The venue here is fantastic, Stephan did an amazing job – I think it’s one of the best places in Europe to come and ride.”
One-Two Finish for Oakland Stables’ Darragh Kenny and Hardin Towell in $36,100 Friends of the Meadows Cup CSI 5* at Spruce Meadows
June 13, 2019
Calgary, Alberta – The second of the two $36,100 Friends of the Meadows Cup CSI 5* competitions on the North American Ring brought great competition over the two phase track designed by FEI Course Designer Tom Holden (IRL).
Darragh Kenny (IRL) has had a great Spruce Meadows Summer Series thus far with two FEI wins during the previous weeks competitions and multiple top 10 finishes. Kenny continued to perform at his best on the first day of the ‘Continental’ CSI 5* , presented by Rolex. The Irishman and SHL Farm’s Cazador LS posted a clear performance and a final a time of 27.79 seconds to claim first place.
Hardin Towell (USA) and Ann Thompson’s Carlo also registered a clean scorecard, stopping the second phase timers in 27.90 seconds for silver honors.
Darragh Kenny Continues to Win at Spruce Meadows
June 8, 2019
Calgary, Alberta – The action on the International Ring began with the TC Energy Winning Round (1.50m), which 31 horse/rider combinations qualified for earlier in the week.
The riders returned to the winning round in the reverse order of scores from the first round. Kent Farrington (USA) was second last to go in the winning round and posted a quick clear ride with a time of 52.47s. Ireland's Darragh Kenny was the final to go in the competition, took advantage of watching Farrington's ride and came in faster with a time of 51.86s aboard Ann Thompson’s Cassini Z.
A Win for Ireland's Darragh Kenny in the 2019 RBC Capital Markets Cup at Spruce Meadows
June 7, 2019
Calgary, Alberta – Twenty horse/rider combinations from eleven nations started the RBC Capital Markets Cup to round out Friday's competitions in the International Ring. The technical 1.50m track was navigated without error by five of the riders who produced clear rounds and advanced to the jump off.
The leading time was short lived as Darragh Kenny (IRL) rose to the occasion with a clear jump off round and a time of 44.33s - fast enough to secure first place with Stone Hill Farm’s Romeo 88.
Darragh Kenny Moves Into World Top Twenty
June 6, 2019
Ireland’s Darragh Kenny has moved into the world’s top twenty riders list in the latest Longines rankings issued today by world governing body FEI. Kenny has moved up from 23rd last month to 17th, making him the highest-ranked Irish rider after Shane Sweetnam who has dipped one place to 31st.
Darragh Kenny Scores Fourth Place Finish in in €400,000 Rolex Grand Prix of Rome
May 26, 2019
Rome, ITA – Less than 48 hours after helping Ireland to second place in the Italian Nations Cup, Ireland’s Darragh Kenny posted a clear second round with the fastest time of 37.86 seconds and that would see him finish fourth in the €400,000 Rolex Grand Prix of Rome CSIO5* with Ann Thompson’s Balou du Reventon.
Team Irleand Captures Second Place in INTESA SANPAOLO Nations Cup
Rome, ITA –Ireland finished second behind Sweden in Friday’s INTESA SANPAOLO Nations Cup at the Piazza de Sienna. Both teams were in a share of the lead at the halfway stage, with Ireland’s contributing scores coming from Offaly’s Darragh Kenny, who recorded a clear round on Ann Thompson’s Important De Muze.
Offaly’s Darragh Kenny Scores Podium Finish in €200,000 Longines Grand Prix of the City of La Baule CSI5*
May 19, 2019
La Baule, FRA – A flawless performance from Ireland’s Darragh Kenny saw him claim a place on a star-studded podium following Sunday’s €200,000 Longines Grand Prix of the City of La Baule CSI5*, with the Offaly rider finishing in third place after a thrilling jump-off aboard Ann Thompson’s Important de Muze. At the finish, Kenny’s performance was only bettered by the current World Champions and the World’s top-ranked rider.
Hardin Towell and Joli Jumper Fly to Third in $5,000 1.45m Open Jumper at Kentucky Spring
May 17, 2019
Lexington, Ky. – Towell and his Oakmont Stables LLC entry, Joli Jumper, a 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, challenged Genn 12 rounds later with the next fault-free jump-off round in 34.737 seconds, but fell short of the leading time.
Darragh Kenny With Thursday's Biggest Win in La Baule
May 16, 2019
La Baule, FRA – Ireland's Darragh Kenny won Thursday's biggest class at the Longines International Jumping of La Baule, the CSIO5* 1.50m Prix FFE - Generali.
Riding the 9-year-old Billy Dorito (Billy Mexico x Vechta), the Irish rider beat Canada's Eric Lamaza and Chacco Kid by 0.016 seconds.
Darragh Kenny Continues Streak to Win $35,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix with Scarlett Du Sart Z
May 12, 2019
Lexington, Ky. – The Kentucky Spring Horse Show closed out in the Rolex Stadium on Sunday with the $35,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington. With 44 starters challenging each other, it was Darragh Kenny that once again could not be beat in the jump-off, this time winning with Vlock Show Stables’ Scarlett Du Sart Z. Kenny also walked away with the Leading Open Jumper Rider Award, sponsored by Envisian Products, after accumulating the most points through his top placings in the Welcome Speed, Hagyard Lexington Classic, Kentucky Spring Grand Prix, and Sunday’s grand prix.
Darragh Kenny Defends His Title With Babalou 41 in $134,000 Kentucky Spring Grand Prix CSI3*
May 11, 2019
Lexington, Ky. – Saturday evening at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show saw the return of the $134,000 Kentucky Spring Grand Prix CSI3* in the Rolex Stadium. After 93 entries tried their hand in the grand prix qualifier Thursday night, 49 horse-and-rider combinations returned to the ring in top form, attempting to walk away with the lion’s share of the prize money. Following a competitive seven-horse jump-off, it was Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Jack Snyder’s Babalou 41 who came back with a vengeance to earn a repeat victory after earning a top spot in the grand prix during the 2018 Kentucky Spring Horse Show.
Darragh Kenny Takes Top Two Spots in $5,000 1.45m Open Jumpers at Kentucky Spring Horse Show
May 10, 2019
Lexington, Ky. – The Kentucky Spring Horse Show opened Friday morning competition in the Rolex Stadium with the $5,000 1.45m Open Jumpers, where 38 horse-and-rider combinations contested Anderson Lima’s (BRA) 13-effort track. The top contenders advanced to the second round, but none could catch Ireland’s Darragh Kenny, who rode the quickest double-clear rounds for the top two spots aboard Christos and Sweet Tricia, respectively. He concluded a successful morning on his third and final mount, producing his third double-clear effort aboard SHL Farm’s Cazador LS to also earn the fifth place award.
Darragh Kenny and Balou du Reventon Place Second in the Shanghai Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix CSI5*
May 4, 2019
Shanghai, China – Next to take centre stage was Ireland’s Darragh Kenny on the 13-year-old Balou du Reventon and the pace was immediately increased as every inch of ability shone through to great appreciation from spectators. They nailed a superb angle to the Masimmo Dutti fence and took a phenomenal flyer over the last in 38.06s with all the poles still in tact. Just eight hundredths of a second separated the top two riders and it was Darragh Kenny (IRL) on Balou du Reventon who claimed the runner-up spot. He endured an agonising wait as leader before seeing penultimate drawn Danielle smash his time.
Darragh Kenny and Cazador LS Speed to Third Place in First CSI5* Competition at Longines Masters of New York
April 26, 2019
New York, NY – The highly anticipated Longines Masters of New York officially opened on Thursday, April 25 to kick off four days of international show jumping competition at NYCB LIVE, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Ireland’s Darragh Kenny slotted into third with a time of 26.27 seconds riding with new mount Cazador LS for owner SHL Farm in the Masters One EQ Exchange 1.45m CSI5*.
Hardin Towell and Hollywood Be Good Capture Top Honors in $25,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Spring Welcome Grand Prix
April 19, 2019
Wellington, Fla. – Hardin Towell of Camden, SC, found himself atop the leaderboard once again during ESP Spring III, this time aboard Hollywood Be Good, owned by Kirsten Ostling, after the pair finished ahead of the class in the $25,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Spring Welcome Grand Prix. The pair finished with a time of 35.683 seconds in the jump-off ahead of Kevin Babington of Gwynedd Valley, PA, and his own Mark Q, who completed the course in 36.486 seconds. Alberto Michan of Wellington, FL, and El Pacho, owned by Pablo Mejia, rounded out the top three in 37.099 seconds.
Hardin Towell Guides Billy Cool to $10,000 Triple Crown Open 1.40m Stake Win
April 18, 2019
Wellington, Fla. – Hardin Towell of Camden, SC, and Billy Cool, owned by Oakland Ventures, LLC, rode to the top of the $10,000 Triple Crown Nutrition Open 1.40m Stake after stopping the course timers in 37.787 seconds. Towell also piloted Corona 93, owned by Oakmont Stables, LLC, to second place with a time of 41.134 seconds, finishing nearly four seconds faster aboard his first-place mount, Billy Cool. Lorcan Gallagher of Wellington, FL, and Cassandra F, owned by Southern Arches, LLC, rounded out the top three with a time of 41.444 seconds.
Darragh Kenny and Important de Muze Ride to Third Place Finish in Great American $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Ocala
March 24, 2019
Ocala, Fla. – O’Shea took to the ring next riding Imerald Van’t Voorhof, owned by Tequestrian Farms LLC, in an attempt to catch Nassar’s speedy time. Though the pair left all of the rails intact, they just missed the first place position by one second, finishing in 36.170 seconds. Only two other competitors in the jump-off would go clear, including Kenny aboard Kerry Anne LLC’s Important De Muze and Scott riding Oak Sport Horses’ Oaks Milky Way.
Hardin Towell and Billy Cool Finish Fourth in $50,000 Dutta Corp./Guido Klatte Grand Prix CSI2*
Feb. 24, 2019
Wellington, Fla. – Three more combinations would chase Chapot’s time, including Hardin Towell on Oakland Ventures LLC’s Billy Cool (39.63 seconds for fourth place), Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (GER) on La Caramba, owned by Artemis Equestrian Farm LLC (39.12 seconds for third place), and Hunter Holloway (USA) riding Hays Investment Corp.‘s VDL Bravo S, who had eight faults in 40.02 seconds. None of them could catch her time.
Déjà Vu for Darragh Kenny in the $134,000 Adequan Grand Prix CSI3* at WEF
Jan. 26, 2019
Wellington, Fla. – Week Three of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) continued Saturday, January 26 with the $134,0000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI3*. The class saw 45 competitors take to the International Arena to compete under the lights for the lionshare of the prize money. Despite inclement weather and a challenging course, Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and Ann Thompson’s Classic Dream rose to the occasion to take home first place honors.
Darragh Kenny Returns Full Throttle to Repeat Victory in the $36,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Jumpers
Jan. 23, 2019
Wellington, Fla. — International competition at Week 3 of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) kicked off with over 50 horse-and-rider combinations vying for the blue ribbon in the $36,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Jumpers. After the lead changed hands eight times, Darragh Kenny (IRL) displayed the same talent he did during Week 2 to once again come out on top. The third week of WEF continues through Sunday, January 27.
Billy Dorito Bests Opening Class During WEF Week Two With Ireland’s Darragh Kenny
Jan. 26, 2019
Wellington, Fla. — The second week of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) kicked off on Wednesday, January 16, in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center with a win for Ireland’s Darragh Kenny aboard Billy Dorito. The pair went early in the lineup and held the lead all the way through in the $8,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m Open Jumper class to capture the victory.
Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and Billy Dorito are Best in $6,000 Bainbridge 1.40m Speed Challenge at WEF
Jan. 11, 2019
Wellington, Fla. – Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and his mount, Billy Dorito, bested a field of 68 entries to win the $6,000 Bainbridge 1.40m Speed Challenge by a margin of more than three seconds on Friday, January 11, during the first week of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL.
Darragh Kenny - My 2018
Jan. 5, 2019
“2018 was a very good year. I had a little bit of bad luck right before the WEF, but for the rest everything was really, really good. Aachen was super for me, I was fourth in the Rolex Grand Prix with Babalou - that was one of the highlights this season. I had a good winter in Florida too, where I won the CSI3* Adequan Grand Prix with Cassini Z. Then, Babalou and Balou du Reventon won a Grand Prix each at the Kentucky Horse Show in the spring.”
It’s a Double for Darragh Kenny as London International Horse Show Kicks Off
Dec. 20, 2018
London, GBR –The opening day of five-star showjumping competition at Olympia, London International Horse Show was certainly one to remember for Darragh Kenny. The 30-year-old Irishman and the 11-year-old gelding Cassini Z (Cassini II x Capone) first pipped Great Britain’s Robert Whitaker on Catwalk IV (Colman x Corleone) by just one hundredth of a second to take top spot in The Santa Stakes supported by Olympia.
Podium Finish for Darragh Kenny in €1 Million Rolex Grand Prix of Geneva
Dec. 10, 2018
Geneva, SUI – Offlay’s Darragh Kenny claimed a podium finish in yesterday’s (Sunday) €1 Million Rolex Grand Prix at the five-star Swiss show in Geneva. Kenny was one of 11 riders who made it into the jump-off aboard the Ann Thompson-owned stallion Balou du Reventon. A second clear round for the Irishman in 39.38 seconds saw him take third place on the podium at the finish.
Hardin Towell Bounces Back to Win St. Louis National Charity Horse Show $50k Grand Prix
Sept. 18, 2018
St. Louis, Mo. – The St. Louis National Charity Horse Show has been a piece of Missouri history since 1856, offering spectacular hunter/jumper and Saddlebred competition for two weeks out of the year. This year’s $50,000 Grand Prix, designed by Scott Starnes, proved to be challenging for many of those who chose to contest it. Hardin Towell of South Carolina was victorious aboard Ann Thompson’s entry, Carlo.
Hardin Towell and Alexander Imschenetzky Emerge Victorious in Young Jumper Classes at Bluegrass Festival Horse Show
Aug. 16, 2018
Lexington, Ky. – A rainy start welcomed jumper riders and their young horses to the Rolex Stadium at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show on Thursday morning, with Hardin Towell and Alexander Imschenetzky overcoming the elements to pilot their mounts to the quickest clean and clear jump-off trips to secure victory in the 6-Year-Old and 7-Year-Old Jumpers, respectively.
Hardin Towell and Carlo Lead From Start to Finish in $5,000 1.40m Open Jumpers
Aug. 15, 2019
Lexington, Ky. – Wednesday afternoon in the Rolex Stadium saw 30 horse-and-rider pairs competing for the top prize in the $5,000 1.40m Open Jumpers. With 13 athletes qualifying for the jump-off round of competition, it was Hardin Towell and Carlo, owned by Ann Thompson, who walked away with the blue ribbon after producing two fast and clear rounds.
Irish riders feature in share of top prize in Dublin Horse Show Puissance While Kenny and Coyle Back in Winners Circle
Aug. 11, 2018
Dublin, IRL – Irish riders relentless run of victories saw them win both of Saturday afternoon’s international competitions. Offaly’s Darragh Kenny scored his second win of the week when taking the top prize of just over €8,000 in the 1m50 Dublin Stakes. Eight combinations made it into the jump-off, with Kenny partnering the Ann Thompson-owned Cassini Z to the fastest clear round in 43.38 seconds. Britain’s Amanda Derbyshire finished as runner-up with Cornwall BH (43.61), while Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) took third place with Toulago (43.67).
Hat Trick of Irish Wins on Opening Day of the Dublin Horse Show
Aug. 8, 2018
Dublin, IRL – The Irish riders made an excellent start to the 2018 Stena Line Dublin Horse Show - winning all three international competitions on the opening day at the RDS in Ballsbridge. The feature Sport Ireland Classic saw Darragh Kenny come out on top with Balou Du Reventon (Cornet Obolensky x Continue). They were among a massive 19 combinations who jumped clear in 35.83 seconds in the jump-off.
Babalou 41 Back Among the Best at CHIO of Aachen
Aug. 4, 2018
Aachen, GER – Some equestrian stories make our sport the most spectacular one among all, especially those that involve love, dedication, knowledge and strategy. It was no different just a few days ago at the CHIO of Aachen, as Babalou 41 once again earned many admirers in several occasions. The brilliant presentations under the saddle of Irish rider Darragh Kenny (IRL) included registering 4 clear rounds out of the six she competed in, all in just a span of five days.
Equestrian: Darragh Kenny Finishes Fourth in Aachen
July 23, 2018
Aachen, GER – Darragh Kenny was the only Irish rider to win prize-money in Sunday’s lucrative Grand Prix of Aachen, picking up €100,000 when finishing fourth on Babalou 41.
From a starting line-up of 40, the Co Offaly native was one of five riders who managed to record two clear rounds to take part in the jump-off. First to go against the clock with Jack Snyder’s 13-year-old Balou du Rouet mare, Kenny left three poles on the ground for 12 faults in 42.12.
Darragh Kenny – “I am Always Lucky in Aachen!”
July 18, 2018
The Irish rider, Darragh Kenny’s first and hitherto only CHIO Aachen visit was quite a while ago: He paced around the course at the Aachen Soers the last time in 2014. His end result back then: three victories. The festive Opening Ceremony of the CHIO 2018 is not yet 24 hours ago, and Kenny has already won his fourth golden rosette. In the saddle of the nine-year-old Cacan, he reached the finish line nearly two seconds faster than his fellow competitors in the Prize of Handwerk. “I am always lucky here,” the Irish show-jumper beamed. Whereby it is only the second show in Aachen for him and Cacan. The latter compensated for his lacking experience with his jumping scope: “He really is a super horse!”
Hardin Towell and Carlo Place Second in $70,000 Adequan Grand Prix CSI** in Tryon
July 2, 2019
Tryon, N.C. – Jack Hardin Towell and Ann Thompson’s 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding Carlo, claimed second place honors, stopping the jump-off timers in 38.60 seconds, while Luis Pedro Biraben and his own 9-year-old Westphalian gelding Colorado 210, received the yellow rosette for their efforts, finishing on a time of 39.51 seconds.
Kenny Second in €300.000 Grand Prix Rolex powered by Audi at Knokke Hippique 2018
July 1, 2018
Heist, BEL – One rider la ter however, Ireland’s Darragh Kenny entered the ring with Balou du Reventon (Cornet Obolensky x Continue). The Irish rider jumped the penultimate upright with a breath-taking angle, beofre galloping flat out to the last oxer - snatching the lead from Sternlicht with his unbelievable time of 39.06 seconds to ultimately finish second.
Panthers Storm to Edge-Of-The-Seat GCL Cascais Win
June 16, 2018
Cascais, POR – Paris Panthers’ duo of Gregory Wathelet and Darragh Kenny stormed to a sensational win in a thrilling GCL Cascais, Estoril showdown. As the Championship gallops to the midway point, the Panthers pulled out all the stops amidst challenging weather conditions to convert their R1 pole position into a win - one of only two teams to do so this season - moving up an impressive five places in the overall rankings.
Darragh Kenny & Babalou 41 Blaze to Victory in €62,400 First GCL Class CSI 5*
June 2, 2018
Ramatuelle, FRA – Darragh Kenny (IRL) & Babalou 41 won the €62,400 First GCL competition last Thursday during the Longines Global Champions Tour of Saint Tropez in Ramatuelle, France.
The Irishman and the 13-year-old chestnut Oldenburg mare (Balou du Rouet x Silvio I) triumphed in the 1.50m/1.55m speed challenge by leaving all the poles up and completing the course with no penalties and a time of 73.37 seconds.
New Potential: Darragh Kenny & Balou Du Reventon
May 21, 2018
Lexinton, Ky. – Darragh Kenny is one the most talented rider in the sport at forging winning connections with brand new horses. He’s done it with Imothep, with Prof De La Roque, with Red Star D’Argent and Sans Souci Z. And now, he’s done it with his newest partner, Balou Du Reventon (Cornet Obolensky). After competing together for just two weeks, they picked up the biggest prize of the Kentucky Spring CSI3* at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Darragh Kenny Does it Again to Claim Second Consecutive Kentucky Horse Shows Grand Prix with $131,000 Mary Rena Murphy Victory
May 19, 2018
Lexington, Ky. – Saturday of the Kentucky Spring Classic closed with the week’s highlight event, the $131,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI3*, honoring the late Mary Rena Murphy. Once again Ireland’s Darragh Kenny was unstoppable to claim the Saturday night victory under the lights on the second week of the Kentucky Spring Horse Show series, this time with brand new mount, Balou du Reventon.
Darragh Kenny Does It Again With Babalou 41 to Claim $131,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix CSI3* at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show
May 12, 2018
The evening awards ceremony of the Kentucky Spring Horse Show closed in a familiar fashion as the sun set on a victorious Darragh Kenny (IRL) who led the victory gallop around the Rolex Stadium aboard Babalou 41. On Saturday night, the pair claimed an exciting win in the $131,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix CSI3*, just after capturing Thursday’s $35,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3* at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Darragh Kenny Conquers $35,000 Hagyard Classic CSI3* with Babalou 41
May 10, 2018
Lexington, Ky. – he Rolex Stadium welcomed its first evening event of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows with the opener of the seven-part Hagyard Challenge Series series, the $35,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3*, sponsored by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. Out of a substantial starting list of 53 horse-and-rider combinations, it was Darragh Kenny (IRL) who emerged triumphant, riding Jack Snyder’s Babalou 41 to the fastest double-clear finish in 44.22 seconds.
Darragh Kenny Claims One-Two Finish in $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m CSI 3* to Open WEF Week Ten
March 14, 2018
Wellington, Fla. – The tenth week of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) got off to a strong start for Darragh Kenny (IRL) on Wednesday, March 14, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. The Irish rider claimed a one-two finish in the $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m Classic CSI 3* riding Chakito and Horst van de Mispeleare, respectively.
Darragh Kenny and Cassini Z Continue to Shine with $35,000 HITS Classic CSI5* Victory
Feb. 17, 2018
Ocala, Fla. – The highlight of Saturday’s international competition during Week Five of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit was the $35,000 HITS Classic CSI5*, which was won by Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and Cassini Z. Kenny and Cassini Z recently won their first grand prix together under the new ownership of Ann Thompson in the $132,000 Adequan Grand Prix CSI3* during Week Three of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, and with Saturday’s win, the pair continue to prove their talent and strong partnership.
New Chapter for Darragh Kenny and Cassini Z Begins with Win in $132,000 Adequan Grand Prix CSI3*
Jan. 27, 2018
Wellington, Fla. – Week Three’s feature competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) came down to the wire as Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and Cassini Z narrowly secured the win by just 2/100ths of a second in the $132,000 Adequan Grand Prix CSI3* on Saturday evening. Kenny has had the ride on Cassini Z since 2016 with the intention to produce and eventually re-sell the gelding. However, as he got to know him better, Kenny saw great potential in the talented Oldenburg and just last week asked if one of his owners, Ann Thompson, would buy Cassini Z so he could keep competing the now 10-year-old.
Darragh Kenny Celebrates 30th Birthday with Victory in $35,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Classic
Jan. 24, 2018
Wellington, Fla. – The third week of the Winter Equestrian Festival began on Wednesday, January 24, and Ireland’s Darragh Kenny celebrated his 30th birthday with victory in the $35,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Classic with Important de Muze at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. The 12-week WEF circuit runs through April 1, 2018, and offers more than $9 million in prize money.
Hardin Towell Concludes 95th Royal Horse Show With Thrilling Win in $87,000 GroupBy Big Ben Challenge
Nov. 12, 2017
Toronto, ON – Hardin Towell of the United States claimed a thrilling victory in the $87,000 GroupBy Big Ben Challenge on Saturday night, November 11, to close out the CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show, held as part of the 95th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in downtown Toronto, ON. The night belonged to Towell, who blazed around the jump-off track with Lucifer V, breaking the timers in 38.37 seconds to snatch the win from Canada’s own François Lamontagne, 33, of St. Eustache, QC, who had stopped the clock in 40.92 seconds aboard Chanel du Calvaire.
Manhattan Makes a Winner out of Hardin Towell in the U.S. Open $40,000 CSX FEI Speed Class
Sept. 21, 2017
New York, N.Y. – Bright lights and city skyscrapers laid the backdrop for world class show jumping featured in New York City’s iconic Wollman Rink at the southern part of Central Park, Manhattan. The Rolex Central Park Horse Show returned Wednesday for its fourth year to open with the U.S. Open Arabian Horse Show. Thursday kicked off the first day of jumping and highlighted the U.S. Open $40,000 FEI CSX Speed Class where Hardin Towell claimed the win aboard Lucifer V.