Irish show-jumping riders racked up impressive wins over the weekend on both sides of the Atlantic, with Cork duo Billy Twomey and Shane Sweetnam both scoring their second victories in the space of a few days on Saturday.
At Gijon, Twomey had already taken a win with Diaghilev in Wednesday’s two-phase 1m 50.
He added a second victory when he guided the nine-year-old gelding Kimba Flamenco to the fastest clear in the 1m 60 jump-off, while Galway’s Michael Duffy finished fourth with Casis.
It was Ireland’s fourth win in total this week in Spain, with Limerick’s Paul Kennedy and Waterford’s Anthony Condon adding to Irish success while Michael Blake’s Irish team finished joint fourth in Friday’s Gijon Nations Cup.
Meanwhile in the USA, Kanturk’s Shane Sweetnam and Indra van de Oude Heihoef, owned by the Blue Buckle Group, made it two wins in the space of 24 hours when taking the $70,000 Longines Cup at the 43rd Hampton Classic in New York.
It was also two years in a row for Sweetnam, as he won this class in 2017 with another of his top mounts, Main Road.
Sweetnam had nothing but praise for the 10-year-old mare Indra, who jumped her first Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic one year ago.
"She’s super talented," he said. "She showed real heart and desire to get the job done two days in a row. Last year was her first Grand Prix, here in the Hamptons, and she’s really a bright light for the future."