Irish showjumping riders Denis Lynch, Jack Gateau Conlon Max Wachman and Jessica Burke all achieved international success on the showjumping circuit in the past fortnight.
Tipperary’s Lynch maintained his excellent recent form at the Hubside Tour in France, after he recorded an impressive victory in their two-star Grand Prix.
Riding the 14-year-old mare Spring Dark, Lynch came out on top after an 18-horse jump-off to take the top prize of €7,500.
A clear jump-off round in 40.82 seconds saw Lynch finish 0.16 of a second ahead of French runner-up Marc Dilasser and Corona Z. Another French rider, Alexis Deroubaix, was a further second and a half back in third with Carmen du Plessis.
The strength of Irish showjumping is evident in the success at Youth level. In France, Jack Gateau Conlon took victory with Samba Van De Groenheuvel in the 1m20 Pony class at Le Mans in France. He produced the only clear round of the competition to take the win while he also took third place aboard Sienna Dusky Sky.
Tipperary’s Max Wachman, another promising young Irish showjumping rider, recorded a hugely impressive result, when he took victory in Saturday’s feature class at Vejer De La Frontera. Up against a top class field of some of the world’s most experienced riders, Wachman riding Brooklyn De Hus finished with over a second to spare over Brazilian runner-up Pedro Veniss with Ballad Of Colors.
Jessica Burke and The Irish Sport Horse Express Trend took victory recently in this two-star Grand Prix at Sentower Park in Belgium.
A large field of 57 starters went to post, with Gort-based Burke coming out on top after a 13-horse jump-off with Express Trend (ISH).
Britain’s Harry Charles finished second with Valkiry de Zance, just ahead of Morocco’s Abdelkebir Ouaddar and Istanbull V.H Ooievaarshof in third.