Twomey facing uphill task
BILLY TWOMEY and Denis Lynch will line out in the penultimate Rolex FEI World Cup qualifier in Bordeaux this weekend.
Second on the Western European League leaderboard, Lynch looks assured of a place at the series final in 's-Hertogenbosch, Holland, in April.
However, Twomey, who is currently just outside the qualifying zone in 22nd place, still has some work do do. The top 18 will qualify for the final.
Dermott Lennon has collected 30 points to date, which leaves him in 17th place.
Both Twomey and Lynch will be hoping to earn an advantageous late draw for Sunday's qualifier with a good performance in tonight's preliminary competition.
Elsewhere this weekend, Irish senior showjumpers will compete at the 3-Star Villach in Austria and 2-Star Offenburg in Germany.
Rising star Bertram Allen lines out at the junior international in Roggel, Holland, while Judy Reynolds will fly the flag at the international dressage show in Vejar de la Frontera, Spain.
At the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, Darragh Kerins and the aptly named Hot Wheels were victorious at Wednesday's G&C Farm Jumpers class.
Over a track designed by London Olympic Games course-builder Bob Ellis, the US-based Sligo man was one of 11 into the jump-off with the Argentinian-bred 15-year-old.
Kerins describes the horse as "quirky" but "very careful", and, with the handbrake off, he raced through the finish almost three seconds quicker than runner-up Ben Maher on Quite Easy for Britain.
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