Italian job denies Irish riders
It proved to be the week of all weeks for Italian riders at the Dublin Horse Show.
They not only denied Ireland victory in the Nations Cup, but also went on to win no fewer than four competitions in the Main Arena, including the €200,000 Longines International Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon, won by Lorenzo De Luca riding Ensor de Litrange Lxii.
Irish riders also put in a tremendous effort, however, with Shane Sweetnam, Billy Twomey and Cian O'Connor among those who scored individual wins over the five days. In addition, Greg Broderick's double clear in the Nations Cup was the perfect send-off for the Olympic Games as he prepares to represent Ireland in Brazil in two weeks' time.
In the showing rings, John Roche from Wexford made history by becoming one of the first breeders to secure both the championship and reserve sash for the Pembroke Cup with the three-year-old Assagart Velet and the two-year-old Assagart Lord Lancer.
The Roches then completed a wonderful week by taking reserve in the Young Horse Championship with Assagart Lord Lancer behind Robert and Valerie Davis's three-year-old Emperors Touch, who was following up on his recent championship win at Balmoral.