Final-day glory goes to jubilant US entrants
America claimed all the glory on the final day of the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show at the RDS yesterday when Beezie Madden won the Speed Championship and Lauren Hough claimed the €66,500 winner's prize in the Longines Grand Prix.
Frenchman Roger-Yves Bost took the Leading International Rider Trophy and Alex Duffy from Ballina took the Leading Irish Rider title.
In the Grand Prix, only two of the 40 starters, Michel Robert from France and America's Lauren Hough, left the tough, first-round course intact. Young Meath-man Alexander Butler was the only Irish representative in round two.
Second-last to go, Robert took the lead after going clear again, but his time was not super-fast.
This left the door wide open for Hough and her naturally fast 12-year-old geldling Quick Study, who cruised in more than three seconds quicker to clinch it. Butler finished best of the Irish in sixth place with Will Wimble.