At the halfway stage of today’s Longines FEI Nations Cup of Ireland for the award of The Aga Khan Trophy, Dai Lampard’s British team lead on zero faults, following clear rounds from Scott Brash, Emily Moffitt and anchor Holly Smith.
Italy sit second on 4 faults, just one fence ahead of the host nation, Ireland. Switzerland are on 9, as Barbara Schnieper and Cicero F picked up one time fault.
The Dutch team come next on 16 faults, ahead of the reigning Aga Khan champions, Mexico, who despite an opening clear from Jose Antonio Chedraui Eguia and Ninloubet, ended with 20 faults, one ahead of recent Hickstead Nations Cup victors, Sweden, who discarded a 12-fault round, but had to count rounds of 4, 8 and 9 faults respectively.
Ireland’s pathfinder Cian O’Connor with PSG Final had a fence down in a time of 75.34 seconds.
US-based Limerick native Paul O’Shea and Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu produced Rodrigo Pessoa’s team’s only clear of the opening round.
Shane Sweetnam, riding Chaqui Z, knocked the 160cm Longines upright, before the team’s anchor Darragh Kenny’s mount Important De Muze had a leg in the water. The home side finished the first round on a total of 8 faults, 2 fences behind the leaders, Britain.
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