An excruciating time fault on his second round put Mayo's Cameron Hanley and the mare Living The Dream out of the jump-off in the sixth leg of the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Monaco, but it still gave him third place overall.
Picking up a substantial €45,000 for his two jumping rounds, Hanley said: "I was very pleased at Living The Dream's outstanding performance tonight and I'm looking forward to competing her next at Aachen, her first time there."
The nine-year-old mare, owned by Cameron Hanley Showjumpers, was brought on from a five year-old by the Irish rider and was one of the youngest horses competing at the prestigious Mediterranean venue, where it was also one of only three horses not to leave a pole on the ground.
A punishing course saw only two combinations from a starting field of 46 go completely clear in the first two rounds, and in the resulting jump-off Qatar's Bassem Hassan Mohammed and the 12-year-old mare Victoria beat Sweden's Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and the 15-year-old stallion Casall ASK by just under a second.
The winner collected €100,000 while the runner-up took home €60,000.
Hanley, who is 41, sustained a severe knee injury in 2011 which kept him out of the saddle for almost two years and required a total of 17 operations to restore him to fitness.