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Twomey & Sweetnam miss out in Madrid

Updated: Monday, 19 Sep 2011 07:16

Billy Twomey - The Corkman finished 15th in Madrid
Billy Twomey - The Corkman finished 15th in Madrid

Cork’s Billy Twomey finished in 15th place in Sunday’s Individual Final at the European Jumping Championships at Madrid, while fellow Cork rider Shane Sweetnam took 17th place.

The Gold medal went to Sweden's Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Ninja La Silla, while Germany's Carsten-Otto Nagel took Silver on Corradina with Britain's Nick Skelton in Bronze medal position with Carlo.

Twomey, riding Sue Davies's mare Tinka's Serenade, had eight faults on his first outing, but came back in the second round to record a zero score. US-based Sweetnam, riding Spy Coast Farm's bay stallion Amaretto Darco, had four faults in the first round but like Twomey left all the poles standing in the final round.

Although Twomey had a lower overall championship penalty score, Sweetnam picked up €6,400 prize money for finishing fourth in the individual class, which was limited to the top 25 riders in Europe after three days of competition at Madrid.

Meanwhile at Ballindenisk International Horse Trials in Cork, Ireland's Declan Cullen won the CCI 3-star class with the Irish-bred Glenhill Gold, while Britain's Zara Phillips was victorious in the CIC 3-star competition on her own 10 year-old bay gelding Lord Lauries.

In Saugerties, New York, Kilkenny-born James Dwyer made a clean sweep of all the Para Dressage competitions in which he was entered, culminating in a first place in Sunday’s Individual Championship Test on his bay gelding Orlando.