Show jumping success for Ireland in Fontainebleau

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GRAND PRIX: Harry Allen and ‘Dancing Queen Z’ won the U25 1.45m Grand Prix in Fontainebleau. (FW19-543NN) PICTURE: courtesy of Grand Prix Events

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“We had some very strong riders left at home and it is all very positive for the future. We will go to Hagen next for the Nations Cup there and continue our preparations for the European Championships that take place in July.”

TROPHY: FEI Jumping Director John Roche presents Irish U18 Team manager James Kernan with the winner’s trophy following victory for Ireland in the French Nations Cup in Fontainebleau. (FW19-542NN)

Horse Sport Ireland CEO, Ronan Murphy said: “This was an excellent performance and I want to congratulate all our riders and team manager James Kernan. Our results at youth level continue to show us that we are in a very strong position and huge credit has to go to the owners, parents and all those working behind the scenes to make this happen.”

Kate Derwin and Harry Allen scoop Grand Prix victories

Just 48 hours after helping Ireland win the U18 (Junior) Nations Cup at Fontainebleau, Athlone’s Kate Derwin and Wexford’s Harry Allen have claimed two major Grand Prix wins at the same venue.

Riding the Irish Sport Horse ‘Ahg Whiterock Cruise Down’, Kate Derwin was one of just seven riders who managed to jump clear in the opening round of the U18 (Junior) 1.40m Grand Prix. Another clear against the clock in a time of 32.24 seconds saw Derwin take the winner’s prize – finishing over a second ahead of French runner-up Antoine Ermann.

The Irish also proved unbeatable in the U25 1.45m Grand Prix, with Harry Allen guiding ‘Dancing Queen Z’ to the top of the standings. Seven combinations made it into the jump-off and a clear round against the clock in 38.49 saw Allen take victory by over two seconds. Kate Derwin was again in the prizes when finishing fourth with ‘Luidam de La Cruise’ (ISH).

The U14 (COH) Grand Prix saw another impressive Irish performance, with Matthew Conlon and ‘Bally Kingdom Clover’ (ISH) finishing fourth.

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