Jessica Kurten takes Austrian Grand Prix

Ireland’s Jessica Kurten added another Grand Prix victory to her recent tally with a win at the three-star show in Ebreichsdorf, Austria on Sunday evening, riding Mr. and Mrs. A. Brake’s chestnut stallion Voss.

Picking up an Opel Corsa car as first prize, Antrim-born Kurten finished with well over two seconds in hand, to fend off German challenger Marc Bettinger on Quannan-R in a 28-strong field.

Cork’s Billy Twomey had a good day at the five-star Spanish show in Valencia, collecting 4,600 euro for the runner-up place in the day’s final Winning Round competition on Sue Davies’s Tinka’s Serenade, but losing out to French European gold medallist Kevin Staut and the French-bred gelding Le Prestige St Lois de Hus by just over half a second in the final round.

Earlier, Twomey had picked up 1,000 euro for a sixth place in the Valencia speed class, piloting his own 14 year-old stallion Romanov.

Capt. David O’Brien finished a creditable fifth at Mannheim’s three-star Grand Prix in Germany on Sunday, riding the Waterford-bred gelding Annestown through a double clear round, only to see rising Swedish star Angelica Augustsson walk away with the trophy after a faster finish on the Cruising mare Mic Mac du Tillard.

At Le Touquet in France , Ireland’s Paddy O’Donnell took a sixth place in the Grand Prix with the Irish Sport Horse Harristown Princess, recording a zero score over both rounds but unable to catch Belgian winner Jose Thiry and Cyber de l’Obstination, who collected the 10,000 euro first prize.


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