Tuesday 6 December 2016

Reynolds writes herself into the history books

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Louise Parkes

Published 22/06/2015 | 02:30

Dermott Lennon, pictured up on Loughview Lou-Lou last year during the Aga Khan Nations Cup, kicked off by topping Thursday’s 1.50m Speed with the same horse
Dermott Lennon, pictured up on Loughview Lou-Lou last year during the Aga Khan Nations Cup, kicked off by topping Thursday’s 1.50m Speed with the same horse

Dressage rider Judy Reynolds set another Irish record when scoring 73.88 for fourth place with Vancouver K in the Grand Prix at Rotterdam on Friday, and then cemented her run of form by finishing third in Saturday's Grand Prix Special.

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The 33-year-old Kildare rider broke the Irish Freestyle record at Hagen, Germany in April.

On both occasions, Reynolds bettered the records set by Anna Merveldt, and Friday's scoreline saw her overtake her fellow Irishwoman's target by 0.65pc.

In showjumping, Irish riders recorded three wins, while Trevor Breen was just pipped in yesterday's Grand Prix at Bolesworth International in Cheshire.

Dermott Lennon kicked off by topping Thursday's 1.50m Speed with Loughview Lou Lou, and then Shane Breen won Friday's 1.45m Speed with Acoustik Solo before David Simpson shared the Puissance honours with Norway's Victoria Gulliksen when both left the big wall intact over five rounds.

On Saturday, Michael Kelly and Drumiller Lough finished second in the 1.45m jump-off ahead of Edward Doyle and Mullaghdrin Touch of the Stars in third.

At the Future Champions International at Hagen yesterday, 14-year-old Abbie Sweetnam won the hotly-contested Pony Grand Prix with Spartacus Reape.

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