Ireland’s showjumping team produced a fine comeback to secure third place at the Nations' Cup in Aachen last night.
The quartet of Denis Lynch, Dermott Lennon, Billy Twomey and Cian O'Connor lay in joint fourth place at the halfway point, with no clear rounds and a total of 12 faults.
However, two flawless displays from Twomeny on Je t'Aime Flamenco and O’Connor on Blue Loyd helped Ireland to finish on 20 points and secure third position in the eight-team event.
France took the honours with ten faults, while hosts Germany settled for a runner-up spot.
Ireland's team manager Robert Splaine was pleased with his charges’ resilience: "This was a tremendous mental performance, with the team fighting right to the last and refusing to give in.
“In particular, it was great to see Billy Twomey come back with a clear round, while Cian O'Connor improved in the second round, something that he's done in every Nations' Cup in which he's jumped."
"We are steadily improving in this series, but we must stay strong now for the last three legs to move ourselves up the leaderboard."