Equestrian: Lynch triumph atones for World Cup 'disaster'
DENIS Lynch gained some compensation for his early exit from the Rolex FEI World Cup final in Leipzig on Thursday when taking Saturday's 3-Star Grand Prix at the German venue on All Inclusive.
And it was an Irish one-two as Billy Twomey slotted Romanov into the runner-up spot. This was the fourth consecutive Irish victory in this class, following Jessica Kuerten's hat-trick of successes.
Only six of the 48 starters qualified for Saturday's jump-off. Lynch posted a time of 38.10 to top the line-up, with Twomey just 0.14 seconds behind in second.
"Everything looked really black after that disaster on Thursday, but I battled on with the support of my good team-mate Billy and I'm delighted I won," Lynch said.
This was his first Grand Prix win with the horse which competed for Germany's Ludger Beerbaum at the 2008 Olympic Games before being sold to the Irishman's patron, Thomas Straumann.
Lynch is still feeling the effects of Thursday's fall, however, and has sworn never again to use the clip-on stirrups that prevented him from freeing himself from Abbervail van het Dingeshof when the horse got into a muddle.
The stirrup clip attached to his left foot failed to open when the gelding fired Lynch out of the saddle, and he was left hanging off the horse's right-hand side by his left leg, consequently getting a kick in the back and a bloody nose.
Twomey withdrew from yesterday's deciding leg of the World Cup event as he was well down the order after Tinka's Serenade failed to show her usual form.
"She's been so great, but she just didn't like it here so there was no point in asking her to jump again," said Twomey. He has clearly also found another star in Romanov, which he jointly owns.
Irish prospects for the season have brightened with the news that Lynch has resolved his differences with Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) and team manager Robert Splaine. He "would like to be considered for selection for the European Championships in Madrid in September" -- which provides Ireland's last chance to qualify a show jumping team for the London Olympics.
Germany's Christian Ahlmann claimed the 2011 World Cup title at Leipzig yesterday.