Limerick native Paul O’Shea claimed the five-star Longines Grand Prix at the Palm Beach Masters in Florida, USA, on Friday night, a class worth $210,000.
Riding the 11-year-old gelding Imerald van ‘t Voorhof, the combination produced one of just three double clear rounds, coming out as winners of a 15 horse jump-off and earning just under $70,000.
Despite such a large number of combinations going forward to the second round, clear rounds in the decider were at a premium. The Limerick rider was third-last to go against the clock and took the lead with an excellent clear in 36.03 seconds.
Israel’s Danielle Goldstein and Lizziemary were second last to go and managed to shave half a second off O’Shea’s target, but had one fence down which meant they dropped down to fourth position.
Experienced American pairing Margie Goldstein-Engle and Royce did leave all the poles standing when last to jump but their time of 36.78 seconds saw them finish as runners-up.
The only other clear round in the jump-off was from Colombia’s Juan Manuel Gallego who finished third with Coulash van de Broy Z.