Six victories for Irish riders in Europe
Updated: Sunday, 28 Apr 2013 22:10
Irish riders notched up a total of six victories at European show jumping competitions this weekend, though an Irish bid for the World Cup trophy in Gothenburg failed to ignite.
Wexford's fast-rising young show jumping star, 17-year-old Bertram Allen, recorded his second European win of the weekend at the three-star show in Ebreichsdorf, Austria, on Saturday evening.
Both victories were achieved on the black mare Zenzation, with Allen also taking a fourth-place on Thursday night with the mare Molly Malone V, while Co Antrim's Jessica Kurten had a second-place behind Allen on Thursday with API Largo. Allen also had a ninth place in Sunday's Grand Prix with Molly Malone V.
At the Austrian show Olympic bronze medallist Cian O'Connor placed first in Friday night's Grand Prix Qualifier on the gelding Unique, and followed with a win in the Small Grand Prix today aboard Trebox Acorada, but had to settle for an 11th place in Sunday's main Grand Prix, again riding Unique.
At Gothenburg's five-star World Cup show, the Irish duo of Denis Lynch on Lantinus and Shane Sweetnam with Cyklon racked up one victory apiece in non-trophy competitions, but only Lynch and his second horse All Star managed to qualify for Sunday's final World Cup round, where a total of 12 faults left them in 14th position on the leaderboard.
The Rolex FEI World Cup crown went instead to the USA's Beezie Madden, riding Simon, only the fifth woman ever to take the coveted trophy.
It was a back-to-back win for the USA, with Rich Fellers and the Irish Sport Horse Flexible breaking a 25-year-drought for America when finishing first in the World Cup last year.