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Ireland showjumping team claims fourth in Rotterdam

Updated: Friday, 22 Jun 2012 20:45 | Comments

Robert Splaine said the time allowed was tight at the Dutch venue
Robert Splaine said the time allowed was tight at the Dutch venue

Ireland secured their best result of the 2012 Superleague series with a fourth place finish in Rotterdam today.

The Irish team of Cian O'Connor, Jessica Kuerten, Clem McMahon and Denis Lynch incurred 15 faults.

Winners Germans recorded just four faults to narrowly beat off the challenge of Sweden by one point.

Team Ireland's showjumping manager Robert Splaine said: "It was a clever course with faults evenly distributed over the course, and there's no doubt that the time allowed was tight."

Splaine added: "Clem McMahon and Pacino were a late call-up after Shane Breen's Cos I Can sustained an injury. Pacino is a lovely young horse and this was its first top league outing, and it gave a superb performance. It's certainly a great prospect for the future.

"I was pleased with Cian O'Connor, who delivered an excellent clear round on Blue Loyd, which was without doubt a big help to us."

Ireland’s next outing will be in the German city of Aachen on 5 July.

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