Irish riders were in the ribbons at three different venues in Europe today, and several top five places also featured on a variety of scoreboards.
At the five-star show in St. Moritz in Switzerland, a remarkable three-way tie developed for first place when Wexford’s Bertram Allen and the eight year-old bay gelding Izzy By Picobello returned an identical time to challengers Jane Richard Philips from Switzerland with Pablo de Virton and France’s Jerome Hurel riding Urano.
The three ended up splitting the 5,500 euro prize money in the Two Phase competition.
Kilkenny’s Marion Hughes was a popular winner at the four-star show in Valence, France, taking first place with Heritage HHS Fortuna in another Two Phase contest, while Darragh Kenny and Fixdesign Funke Van’t Heike came close to victory in the jump-off class in Belgium’s four-star competition at Zandhoven, failing to catch the very fast Belgian Chloe Vranken with the grey Clinton gelding Elton Jones, who claimed first prize with almost three seconds in hand.
At five-star Gijon in Spain, Ireland’s Michael Duffy placed fifth on Crona CR, with fellow Irish rider Anthony Condon and Balzac coming close behind in sixth in a speed competition won by France’s Julien Epaillard and Sheriff de la Nutria LM.
Twenty-three year-old Jack Dodd had a third place with the Dutch-bred bay gelding Wrangler in the feature class at Munster’s four-star event in Germany, while Mayo’s Cameron Hanley took sixth with Falco van Spieveld, both having to concede victory to local rider David Will with Mic Mac du Tillard. Hanley also had an earlier fifth place on Cas in the 1m45 competition, which was won by Germany’s Janne-Friederike Meyer and Chuck.
Ireland’s third victory today went to former Irish army rider Shane Carey, who took the honours in the Two Phase class at Poland’s two-star show in Ciekocinko with Contenance.