Conor Swail and GK Coco Chanel recorded the only double clear round of the competition, to win last weekend’s $134,000 three-star Grand Prix at Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina, USA.
Co. Down native Swail and the 11-year-old gelding stopped the clock in 40.17 seconds, while Luiz Francisco de Azevedo of Brazil and Collin, claimed runner-up spot in 39.11 seconds, which was the fastest four fault score, ahead of Australia’s Rowan Willis who took third place with Diablo VII.
Paul O’Shea, a member of the Ireland team which won the Longines FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona recently, was fourth in North Carolina with Skara Glen’s Chancelloress.
Winning rider Swail admitted that his horse GK Coco Chanel isn’t always the easiest horse to ride:
“He has his own mind sometimes and can be a little difficult, but when he goes well it normally ends up being a win. We have learned to work together very well now at this stage and we have a good relationship. The consistency is growing all the time; there’s a lot of good results. This is maybe a week early, but to win this is fabulous.”