Saturday 23rd of October 2021
Showjumping

The best of the Irish in the $380,000 Grand Prix

Co Down’s Conor Swail finished best of the Irish in the $380,000 five-star Grand Prix at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida.

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Riding the 11-year-old stallion Rubens LS La Silla, Swail (left), was one of 11 combinations who jumped clear in the first round. They lowered a single fence in the jump-off, coming home in a time of 46.74 seconds to take fifth place overall, one place ahead of the 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse stallion Codarco ridden by American Chloe Reid.

Kent Farrington scooped the winners prize with Gazelle after they produced the fastest of three double clear rounds. Derry’s Daniel Coyle finished with five faults in the opening round with Grafton, while Cork’s Shane Sweetnam came home with eight faults aboard Main Road.

Daniel Deusser of Germany riding Happiness van T Paradijs winner the Longines Speed Challenge, with runner-up Pius Scwhizer of Switzerland riding Leonard de la Ferme CH and third-placed Bertram Allen of Ireland riding Quiet Easy at the Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2017 © Juan Manuel Serrano/Power Sport Images

Daniel Deusser of Germany riding Happiness van T Paradijs winner the Longines Speed Challenge, with runner-up Pius Scwhizer of Switzerland riding Leonard de la Ferme CH and third-placed Bertram Allen of Ireland riding Quiet Easy at the Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2017 © Juan Manuel Serrano/Power Sport Images

Wexford’s Bertram Allen was the sole Irish representative in Sunday morning’s $400,000 Longines Masters of Hong Kong Grand Prix but he failed to make it into the second round with Hector van d’Abdijhoeve. Allen did however finish on the podium in Saturday’s Longines Speed Challenge in Hong Kong. He finished third with and Quiet Easy in a competition the pair won in 2016. On this occasion the winners trophy went to German World No.1 Daniel Deusser with Happiness van T Paradijs.

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