The 2017 Dublin Horse Show got underway at the RDS on Wednesday with Ireland claiming victory in the first International competition of the week.
Tipperary’s Greg Broderick, riding the 13-year-old stallion Zuidam, took the winner’s prize in the Speed Stakes.
The pair delivered a clear round in a time of 58.94 seconds, nearly a second faster than American runner-up Lillie Keenan with Be Gentle (59.68 secs.).
Darragh Kenny from Offaly finished third with Chakito; they also going clear in 59.79 seconds.
Tipperary’s Shane Breen later made it a clean sweep for Irish riders when scoring a hard-fought victory in the feature Sport Ireland Classic.
Seventeen combinations from 69 starters made it through to the jump-off, with Breen the Tipperary rider drawn last to go against the clock with the nine-year-old stallion, Ipswich van de Wolfsakker.
Bertram Allen held top spot with Izzy By Picobello with a clear in 41.92 seconds, however Breen took nine hundredths of a second off the target to land the winner’s prize of over €8,000 in a time of 41.83.
Allen took runner-up spot, while Anthony Condon from Waterford made it an Irish 1-2-3. Condon posted a time of 42.13 when second to go against the clock to finish third with Balzac.