Richie Moloney and Slieveanorra gave Ireland a St. Patrick’s Day win at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Florida today.

Adding to yesterday’s win by fellow Irish Rider Darragh Kenny and Gasper van den Doorn in the $35,000 Ruby et Violette Challenge Cup class, Moloney today was victorious in the $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m speed class.

“He is naturally a very fast horse,” Moloney said of his longtime partner, the Irish-bred Sliveanorra. “I think I did more strides than the people before me, but his stride is so quick. He is quick across the ground, and he does not waste any time in the air. I just knew to keep going as quick as I could and I would be close enough.

Moloney is pleased to have Slieveanorra back jumping in good form and hopes to compete the gelding in more 1.45m classes over the last two weeks of WEF competition.

Fourth place in today’s class was taken by Shane Sweetnam and Buckle Up, while Darragh Kenny claimed sixth on Vragance Manciaise, giving Irish riders three top ten places.

Jack Burns