THE biggest Show Jumping competition across the globe over the weekend saw an Irish rider come out on top, with Limerick’s Paul O’Shea guiding the 12-year-old mare ‘Chancelloress’ to victory in the GNP Seguros Grand Prix at Concurso de Salto La Silla in Monterrey, Mexico, on Sunday.
O’Shea put his mare’s speed to the test and pipped Canada’s Mario Deslauriers and ‘Bardolina’ by more than a second. The finish was a debut five-star victory for ‘Chancelloress’, owned by Niall Carey and Trelawny Farm.
“When she jumps, she’s brave and tough,” said O’Shea. “[What makes her special] is great reflexes. She’s really quick and has great technique. In the double oxers, I hardly had to push. When I saw that combination, I was happy because she jumps them really well and powerful. The venue here was outstanding and both shows in Mexico have been fantastic.”
Rounding out the podium, Jana Wargers (GER) finished in third aboard ‘Limbridge’, after also winning the two-star Grand Prix with ‘Chacco’s Lady 2’.