Mayo’s Cameron Hanley was the best-placed of the Irish show jumpers on the Grand Prix circuit this weekend with an eighth place in the prestigious five-star Gucci Grand Prix in Paris today, while in Salzburg an Irish-bred horse took the Grand Prix honours.
Riding Eleonore Paschoud and Yves Bouvier's stylish bay gelding Antello Z, 40-year-old Hanley was one of 13 through to the jump-off from a starting list of 39.
The final round featured five of the riders in the current Longines world top ten.
Hanley was unfortunate to have a single rail down on his second outing, to finish eighth and win €8,750, with local hero Kevin Staut claiming the €115,500 first prize with a classic double clear on the 14-year-old grey mare Silvana Hdc.
Meanwhile at the four-star in Salzburg, Austria, Antrim-born Jessica Kurten missed out on a jump off after having eight faults with VDL Zapatero in her first round of the Grand Prix.
The event, however, won by the famous Irish Sport Horse Castlefield Eclipse, ridden to victory by Switzerland's Paul Estermann with one of only three double clear rounds recorded in the contest.
In Opglabbeek in Belgium, 18-year-old Michael Duffy from Turloughmore in Galway and Zarnita placed eighth in the two-star Grand Prix, which was won by Holland's Timothy Hendrix and Very Nice.