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Swail keeps on winning trail in US
22 Jan 2015 13:01
Ireland’s Conor Swail began the third week of competition at the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida just as he left off in week two, with another trip to the winner's circle. After topping Sunday's $34,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic riding Susan and Ariel Grange's Martha Louise, Co Down-born Swail won last night's $34,000 FEI 1.45m speed class aboard his own Simba de la Roque. Fellow Irish rider Shane Sweetnam finished fourth in 55.90 seconds aboard Spy Coast Farm LLC's Cyklon.
Swail and Simba de la Roque finished well ahead of the 62 other competitors with the fastest round of the day in 53.06 seconds. While Swail capped off week two with his 1.50m win on Martha Louise, last night’s win was special for the rider in a different way, competing on a horse that he owns himself. "I bought him in November, and he has just jumped four times," said Swail. "I did a 1.30m schooling class and then a 1.40m jump-off and he was double clear. I did another 1.45m and he won that, and this was his next class and he has won that as well."
Swail looks forward to developing his partnership with Simba de la Roque throughout the winter and hopes to step the horse up to the next level.

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