SWISS rider Edouard Schmitz and the 10-year-old ‘Gamin Van’t Naastveldhof’ claimed victory in Sunday’s Longines Grand Prix of Ireland to close out the 2022 Dublin Horse Show.
Irish riders filled three of the top four places, with two of Ireland’s Aga Khan hero’s from Friday finishing in the top three.
Conor Swail and ‘Count Me In’ finished as runners-up, just ahead of Shane Sweetnam and ‘James Kann Cruz’ (ISH) in third. Fourth place went to Galway’s Andrew Bourns with ‘Sea Topblue’ (ISH), while French rider Megane Moissonnier completed the top five with ‘Cordial’.
Earlier, Ireland’s Rhys Williams and the seven-year-old ‘Playboy JT Z’ were crowned winners in the International Seven and Eight-Year-Old competition, sponsored by LHK Insurance at the RDS.
Second place went to Denis Lynch and ‘Dark Chocolate’, while Jason Higgins and ‘Heritage MBF’ finished third.
Mikey Pender rounded off an incredible week for the Kildare rider by taking another win, this time with ‘HHS Rose’ in the Six-Year-Old ‘Cruising’ National Championship, sponsored by Horse Sport Ireland.
Leah Stack and ‘Laurina’, owned and bred by Noel Cawley, were winners of the Five-Year-Old ‘Flexible’ National Championship, sponsored by Horse Sport Ireland.
James Kann Cruz (ISH) – 2013 gelding by Kannan, out of CSF Telly Cruz by Cruising, bred by Patrick Connolly owned by Gizmo partners LLC. Ridden by Shane Sweetnam.
Sea Topblue (ISH) – 2011 gelding by Chacco Blue (MECKL), out of Sea Top Lady (ISH) by Lux Z (HANN). Breeders: James & John Meade, Co. Clare. Owner: Andrew Bourns & QBS Equestrian. Rider: Andrew Bourns (IRL).
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