Equestrian: Another Great Weekend for Horse Sport Ireland Riders

Tipperary-born Denis Lynch picked up 12,500 euro on Sunday for a convincing win in the three-star Grand Prix at Norten-Hardenberg in Germany with Gestüt Lewitz’s ten year-old chestnut mare Coulisa.

Thirty-eight year old Lynch was one of just four to qualify for the jump-off from a starting field of 52, and saw off a challenge from Dutch ace Marc Houtzager and the experienced 18 year-old Sterrehof’s Opium, who finished just under a second off the pace of the Irish rider.

The in-form Coulisa also won the Italian Grand Prix for Lynch at San Giovanni in Marignano two weeks ago.

Later in the evening at Norten-Hardenberg, Denis Lynch added another 6,000 euro to his prize money with a win in the 1m50 Jump Off class on Flaminia Straumann’s Cupido Z. Ireland’s Shane Breen and Calido Boy finished sixth in this competition.

In Austria, meanwhile, Antrim’s Jessica Kurten finished second  in the Gold Tour Final at Ebreichsdorf with Paul Bücheler’s ten year-old stallion Croesus, narrowly outpaced by local rider Stefan Eder and his own mare Concordija in the big 17 horse jump-off.

Meanwhile Camilla Speirs with Bridget Speirs’s diminutive Irish Sport Horse Portersize Just a Jif climbed 13 places to finish seventh overall at the prestigious three-star event in Saumur, France also on Sunday..
The combination, who survived a spectacular fall on cross country at the 2012 London Olympics, showed no hesitation on Saumur’s track, coming home clear within the time to improve to eighth place after starting in 20th following the dressage phase.

Sunday’s  show jumping element proved difficult for the majority of the riders, with only five going clear from 41 starters, and though the Irish combination had one rail down, they nevertheless moved up a place to claim seventh overall.

The French dominated the event, securing five of the top ten places on their home turf, including the top four placings overall. The outright winner was Maxime Livio and Qalao des Mers.


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