Meath-based Irish Dressage rider Kate Dwyer has become the first Irish rider to win at Grand Prix Special at five-star level in Doha on Saturday.

Last to go in the competition at the Al Shaqab arena, Dwyer and the 14-year-old gelding Snowdon Faberge produced an outstanding performance to record a personal best score of 70.043% and take the winner's prize.

"I am so, so pleased with Fabio [Snowdon Faberge] today" a delighted Dwyer. 

"The feeling he gave me in the ring was amazing. The whole test felt much more confident and I really feel we showed a lovely harmony which is so important in Dressage.

"I am delighted with his performance and I know this is only the tip of the iceberg of what he can give me."

Meanwhile in today's Grand Prix Freestyle To Music in Doha, Ireland's Dane Rawlins took ninth place aboard Espoire. Victory in that event to Sweden's Patrik Kittel and Delaunay Old.