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Sunday 20 April 2014

Flying leaps in Tubberbride

Aoife McCabe puts the winners rosette on ‘Carramore Lass’.

Tubberbride Riding Centre hosted the Olympic Saddlery Connacht Grand Prix in perfect weather conditions.

Tubberbride Riding Centre hosted the Olympic Saddlery Connacht Grand Prix in perfect weather conditions.

The Kerins family went to great lengths to ensure the smooth running of the event and there were many outstanding performances on the day.

There were 61 starters in the Grand Prix class sponsored by Gain Horse Feeds and their representative, Philip Gilligan, was on hand to make the presentations.

The course was designed by Charles Hanley and Richard Kerins and the first clear round of the day was recorded by Torino, ridden by Michael Duffy.

By the end of the first round, six horses came through to the jump off while the final four places went to a single time faulter and the three fastest four-faulters.

Eventually, a clear round in a time of 39.43 clinched the top prize of the class for Michael Duffy and Chico Chic, the combination that's currently top of the leaderboard list.

Michael was presented with the Tom Fallon Memorial Cup by Tom's grandchildren.

Olympic Saddlery's prize for the best turned out went to Cormac Hanley.

The 1.20m Class, sponsored by Andrew Gardiner, Jim Jackson and Noel McGowan, was won by Aoife McCabe from Kilcolgan riding Carrarmore Oasis.

The winner of the 1.20 speed class, Aoife McCabe was presented with the Tom Kilcoyne Memorial Cup by Tom's wife, Ann and children.

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