A strong second round comeback saw Ireland’s Showjumping team finish in joint third position in the three-star Danish Nations Cup in Uggerhalne.
Michael Blake’s Development team of Clem McMahon (Pacato (ISH), Richard Howley (Dolores) and Senior Nations Cup debutants Peter Moloney (Compelling Z) and Jenny Rankin (Bennys Legacy) were in a share of seventh place at the halfway stage.
McMahon, Moloney, and Rankin all finished with two fences down each in round one, while Howley had just one fence down.
Waterford-born Peter Moloney jumped a clear in the second round with Compelling Z, while Jenny Rankin and Bennys Legacy finished with just one fence down.
Richard Howley and Dolores also finished with just four faults while Clem McMahon and Pacato (ISH) were the second round discard score with 8 faults.
Overall Irish Development team manager Michael Blake was delighted with his inexperienced team’s performance:
”I am really, really happy with all our team. This was an inexperienced team with Peter Moloney and Jenny Rankin making their Nations Cup debut and our four horses ranging from just 8 to 10-years-old. When I walked the course I knew this competition was going to be won on a high score. It was a very tough course with a particularly difficult line to the combination. These Division 2 Nations Cup’s are always competitive and I am very proud of how we did against some very strong teams.”
Germany won the event on 20 faults with Britain in second on 24, while Belgium were joint third with Ireland on 28 faults.