Equestrian: Success for Irish riders on both sides of the Atlantic

Irish riders took fourth and seventh place in Saturday night’s big World Cup class at the five-star show in Bordeaux, France, after a thrilling 13-horse jump-off.


Both Mayo’s Cameron Hanley and Cork’s Billy Twomey delivered clear rounds first time out, but Ireland’s third World Cup competitor, Tipperary’s Denis Lynch, faulted once on Abbervail van het Dingeshof and denied himself a shot at the prize money.


Twomey, riding Sue Davies’s experienced 17 year-old mare Tinka’s Serenade, gave another sparkling performance in the jump-off, but failed to close the six-tenths of a second needed to overtake the eventual winner, Germany’s Marcus Ehning and Cornado NRW.


Hanley, still in recovery after a long injury lay-off, was last to jump with Eleonore Paschoud and Yves Bouvier’s Antello Z, but though leaving all the poles standing, returned a time that was almost four seconds off the pace of the winner, who collected 50,000 euro.


Twomey picked up 15,000 euro for his fourth place, but more importantly gained enough points to put him into tenth place in the World Cup’s Western European League, guaranteeing the Cork rider a place in the World Cup final after the final leg in Gothenburg later this month.


Second place at Bordeaux  went to Lady Georgina Forbes’s 14 year-old mare Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois, ridden by France’s Roger Yves Bost.


Later, Cameron Hanley was in the money again at Bordeaux when he took a seventh place in Sunday’s Land Rover Grand Prix with the grey Dundee vd Dwerse Hagen on a double clear round, while in Sunday’s Grand Prix at CSI3* Graz, Wexford’s Bertam Allen faulted once in the jump-off on Molly Malone V to claim an eighth place.


Irish show jumpers were in the money on both sides of the Atlantic on Friday night , with Cork’s Shane Sweetnam collecting 8,600 euro ($11,220) for his win at the big five-star show in Wellington, Florida, and Tipperary’s Denis Lynch pocketing 12,000 euro for a second place at France’s World Cup show in Bordeaux.


Sweetnam, piloting Spy Coast Farm’s Cyklon, also saw fellow Irish rider Darragh Kenny take 5,300 euro ($6,800) for a runner-up place on Postage Stamp Farm’s Prof de la Roque, finishing just one second behind the Cork rider.


One more Irish rider made it to the top ten in Florida – Darragh Kenny and Jan van Tricht’s D Elia van het Molenhof placed ninth from a starting field of 67.

Meantime  in Wellington, Sweetnam and Cyklon had a second place in the speed class, with Kenny and Prof de la Roque finishing third. Tyrone’s Ronan McGuigan and Capall Zidane took fifth place. Olympic Bronze medallist Cian O’Connor also had a fourth place in Florida’s Grand Prix Qualifier with a double clear on Quidam’s Cherie.


At Al Ain in the UAE, meanwhile, Kilkenny’s Marion Hughes took a win in the 1m45 speed class aboard the Irish Sport Horse Heritage HHS Fortuna.



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