Olympian Greg Broderick will be one of two Irish riders contesting the richest prize in show jumping next week, when he hopes to qualify for the $2m Rolex CP International Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows in Canada.

The other will be fellow-Olympian Cian O’Connor, and both will be riding their top horses – in Broderick’s case his Rio mount MHS Going Global, and in O’Connor’s case his talented stallion Good Luck.

In euro terms the Spruce Meadows Grand Prix will yield a total prize fund of almost 1.4 million, with 450,000 euro going to the winner and 275,000 euro for second place, with the third-placed combination picking up 200,000.

It will be a challenging week for both Irish entrants, as Grand Prix qualification competitions featuring some of the world’s best riders and horses run through the week, with the finale taking place over three rounds on Sunday, September 11.

Tipperary’s Broderick will also be chalking up considerable air miles, as after the Spruce Meadows contest in western Canada, he is due to compete several horses at the annual Lanaken FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Belgium the following week.

Jack Burns