Monday, August 01, 2022

By Paul O’Malley

A horse bred in rural north Mayo has hit the headlines in the equestrian world following a bronze medal success at the Young Riders European Championship in Spain.

Over Lux was bred by Padraic Egan from Bunanertish, Ardagh, Ballina out of Thornfield Camille by the stallion Cruising in 2012 and has since gone on to make its name in the showjumping scene. During his most recent success in Spain, Over Lux was ridden by Harry Allen who is one of Ireland’s most renowned young jockeys.

Padraic Egan told the Western People more about Over Lux’s beginnings in Ardagh.

“It is amazing that a horse from a little parish like Ardagh can go on and win a European medal. I bred him and had him here for the best part of three years. Then a local lad, Johnathon McDonnell and his wife Sonja (Ochadlik) of Stonehall Stud bought him off me,” said Padraic.

“They produced him on and started bringing him to the local shows and from there he qualified for Dublin as a six-year-old in 2018.”

Over Lux soon began to turn heads as he secured a top ten finish at the RDS and his potential was beginning to show.

“When the horse not only qualified for Dublin but finished in the top ten, everyone’s mind changed about him. They could really see the potential in him,” said Padraic.

Over Lux then moved on to pastures new with Duffy Sport Horses in Knockmore.

“Duffy brought him forward again. He was really flourishing and spent time touring Europe, jumping the circuits out there. Duffy’s had him up until six weeks ago and now he was acquired by Ballywater Stables where Harry Allen has taken over the riding duties,” said Padraic.

Then, a magnificent performance from Allen and Over Lux, had them claim the U21 (Young Rider) bronze medal following the individual final at the FEI European Show Jumping Championships in Oliva, Spain.

In addition to Over Lux’s success in Spain, he recently represented Ireland in the three-star Longines EEF Nations Cup in Norway.

“He represented Ireland in Norway and then was picked on the Irish team and went on to compete in Spain. He only had one fence down for the whole week and won the bronze. Hopefully this is the start of more successful outings for Over Lux,” said Padraic.

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