The Irish Show Jumping team of Daniel Coyle, Capt Brian Cournane, Dermot Lennon and Conor Swail, finished an impressive third of 10 teams in Saturday night’s BMO Nations’ Cup at Spruce Meadows in Canada.
Under the guidance of Irish Show Jumping development team manager Michael Blake, two of the Irish combinations completed the two rounds without knocking a fence, with both Daniel Coyle with Farrel and Capt Brian Cournane with Armik, both picking up just time faults on both occasions.
Dermot Lennon with the Irish Sport Horse Gelvins Touch (ISH) was the discard score in the first round with 12 faults, and improved second time out with an 8 fault score.
Conor Swail and Koss Van Heiste had 6 faults on their first round, and retired after having two fences down when last to go for Ireland in the second, knowing they couldn’t improve the Irish final score of 19 faults.
At the end of round one, the top six teams returning for round two were Mexico (15 faults), Sweden (12 faults), France (10 faults), Canada (9 faults), Ireland (8 faults) and Belgium (4 faults).
Team Belgium left nothing to chance. Carrying only four faults through to the second round, Olivier Philippaerts, Pieter Clemens and Francois Mathy Jr. each delivered clear rounds in round two to secure the victory for Belgium, their first win of the BMO Nations’ Cup.
Hosts Canada finished second on 14 faults just ahead of Ireland. Sweden were fourth ahead of Mexico in fifth and France in sixth while Italy, USA, Netherlands and Germany failed to make it through to the second round.