Ireland’s Dermott Lennon and Loughview Lou-Lou took third place in today’s four-star Grand Prix in Amsterdam after a nine-way jump-off.
Lennon and Bertram Allen were the only Irish riders in the contest and both went clear at the first time of asking, joining seven other combinations who also progressed.
Third in the jump-off order, Lennon went clear and was holding second place until Patrice Delaveau of France put in the decisive round, getting Lacrimoso 3 Hdc clear in 37.14, a second and a half ahead of runner-up Pieter Devos of Belgium on Dream Of India Greenfield, edging Lennon back to third, a fifth of a second slower.
Bertram Allen and Hector van d’Abdijhoeve went in pursuit of the leaders but had an early rail down when chasing the target and ended up in eighth place with four faults.
Irish-bred Loughview Lou-Lou, owned by Judith Sossick, was born in 2002, the year in which Lennon won the Individual Championship at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera.
At the five-star World Cup Grand Prix in Zurich both Denis Lynch and Billy Twomey lost out in the opening round. Lynch on All Star was going well until tipping the back bar at the second last, while Twomey and Diaghilev had eight faults.