OFFALY’S Darragh Kenny claimed a podium finish in Sunday’s €1 Million Rolex Grand Prix at the five-star Swiss show in Geneva.
Part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, the competition attracted the world’s top horses and riders, with Ireland represented by Bertram Allen, Shane Sweetnam, Darragh Kenny and Mark McAuley. Kenny was one of 11 riders who made it into the jump-off aboard the Ann Thompson-owned stallion ‘Balou du Reventon’. A second clear round for the Irishman in 39.38 seconds saw him take third place on the podium at the finish. Victory went to Germany’s Marcus Ehning with ‘Pret A Tout’ (38.41), while the home fans saw Swiss favourite Steve Guerdat take runner-up spot with ‘Albfuehren’s Bianca’ in 38.86.
The result capped a good weekend for Irish riders in Geneva, with Co. Louth’s Mark McAuley taking a win with ‘Vivaldi du Theil’ in Saturday’s Speed and Handiness competition.
Also on Saturday, Bertram Allen guided ‘GK Casper’ to a runner-up finish in the Credit Suisse Challenge 1.55m just behind American winner Kent Farrington with ‘Creedance’. Riding ‘Hector van D’Abdijhoeve’, Allen was also part of the “Team All Stars”, who took victory in Swiss Team Trophy.
Irish Eventing rider Padraig McCarthy, team and individual silver medalist at the World Equestrian Games, guided ‘Rosemaber Lancuest’ to the winning round in Geneva’s indoor Cross Country competition.