IRISH riders dominated Sunday’s $216,000 four-star Grand Prix at Wellington International in Florida, USA, with Offaly’s Darragh Kenny collecting the winner’s prize, ahead of Louth’s Mark McAuley in second.
Nine of the 43 starters made it into the jump-off, where Kenny partnered ‘Volnay Du Boisdeville’ to the fastest clear (39.43) to take the winner’s prize of over $71,000. His Irish teammate Mark McAuley was his closest challenger, finishing just 0.09 of a second slower with ‘Jasco VD Bisschop’ to take runner-up spot and $43,200.
The Irish Grand Prix in Wellington win came less than 24 hours after Limerick’s Paul O’Shea took victory in the $140,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Series Final in Wellington, while the overall series victory went to Cork’s Shane Sweetnam.
Back in Europe, Jeremy Sweetnam finished as runner-up in the two-star Grand Prix at Riesenbeck in Germany riding ‘Brown Star Z’. There was also an Irish runner-up in the two-star Grand Prix at Bonheiden in Belgium for Harry Allen with ‘Dancing Queen Z’, while Hannah O’Shea finished fourth in the two-star Grand Prix at Arezzo in Italy with the Irish Sport Horse, ‘Ardnacashel Coovella’.
BREEDING: Ardnacashel Coovella (ISH) – 2009 mare by Luidam (KWPN), out of Prominence (ISH), by Harlequin Du Carel (SF), bred by Janice Reddy, Co. Down.
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