Reigning national champion Anne Marie Dunphy, from Co. Kilkenny, has won the Grand Prix with Urbanus to retain her title at the Irish championships in Cavan Equestrian Centre.

“This is special” said a delighted Anne Marie. “After winning last year in Barnadown to come back and win again with Urbanus is great. Urbanus and I plan to be back next year to defend our title.”

The pair also won the Intermédiare II championship to add to their Grand Prix victory.Anne Marie Dunphy Urbanus 2017 01

The first Irish national dressage championships were held in the Royal Dublin Society in 1977 when there were just 30 competitors in contrast to the record number of entries competing over three days this year.

To mark the fortieth anniversary, Ireland’s first national champion Jacki Doherty received a special presentation and she presented the Grand Prix trophy to Anne Marie Dunphy.

Jack Burns