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“[VANCOUVER] was outside, and [course designer Peter Holmes (CAN)] built it quite like an indoor track I thought, but it’s still a covered arena here, and the crowd is up against you,” Swail said. “[My horse] is answering every question, and the crowd were awesome tonight. It’s wonderful having people back [in the stands]. We get a thrill out of it as well.”
Swail now holds a commanding lead in the North American League with 37 points. Ballard and Rowan Willis (AUS) sit second and third, respectively, both with 17 points. The North American League next heads east to Tryon (USA) on October 30.
Duffy scores double of victories at HOYS
Back in Europe, it was a memorable night on Saturday for Galway’s Michael Duffy at the Horse Of The Year Show in Birmingham, where he recorded two major victories. Fresh from helping Ireland to a runner-up finish in the previous weekend’s FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, Duffy shared victory in the HOYS Puissance when riding ‘RMF Charly’. Britain’s Joseph Trunkfield and ‘Senators Rhondaigo’ were the only other combination to clear the wall at 7ft 2 in the final round.
Earlier in the evening, Michael Duffy had also taken victory in the feature Grandstand Challenge Cup with ‘Jeff Ten Halven’.