In a starting field that was otherwise peopled solely by North and South American riders, Ireland claimed three of the top five places in this morning’s Langley Grand Prix in Canada.
Co. Down’s Conor Swail secured the runner-up spot with Vanessa Mannnix’s 12 year-old mare Flower, just under half a second behind the USA’s Margie Goldstein-Engle and the bay stallion Royce, in the seven horse jump-off.
Goldstein-Engle took a total of 28,000 euro in prize money for her win, while Swail collected a not inconsiderable 17,000 euro for his second place.
Behind Swail, Irish riders claimed the next two places, with Derry’s Daniel Coyle in third with the 11 year-old Cita, and Andrew Bourns in fourth with the Irish-bred CHS Inception.
Fifth place went to Mexico’s Antonio Maurer and Galileo de Laubry.