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Sunday 22 April 2018

Italian job denies Irish riders

Brian Murphy on a lap of honour aboard the Dublin Horse Show supreme hunter champion Fort Knocks
Brian Murphy on a lap of honour aboard the Dublin Horse Show supreme hunter champion Fort Knocks
Army Equitation School riders, 2nd Lieutenant Jennifer Larkin and Lieutenant Charlene Kehoe, at the Dublin Horse Show where their colleague Captain Geoff Curran was in action in the show jumping arena. Both ladies are recent additions to the roster at the School which celebrated its 90th anniversary in recent weeks
Catherine Gorton is all smiles after she won the Connemara ridden class on Honeyhill Beacon
Greg Broderick jumped a superb double clear in the Nations Cup aboard MHS Going Global on Friday afternoon. It was a superb result for the rider who will fly the flag for Ireland in the Olympic Games
Sam Cushe washes down Tandys Bridge before he makes an appearance in the side-saddle classes
Seamus Sloyan with Cloneyhea Spellbound during the Irish Draught stallion parade
P.J. Casey on board the hunter mare champion Greenhall Wishing Well, while Mary Rothwell rides the winner's full-sister Greenhall Cruising In June. Bred by the Rothwells, both are by Crosstown Dancer out of the Cruising mare Greenhall Miss Cruise

It proved to be the week of all weeks for Italian riders at the Dublin Horse Show.

They not only denied Ireland victory in the Nations Cup, but also went on to win no fewer than four competitions in the Main Arena, including the €200,000 Longines International Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon, won by Lorenzo De Luca riding Ensor de Litrange Lxii.

Irish riders also put in a tremendous effort, however, with Shane Sweetnam, Billy Twomey and Cian O'Connor among those who scored individual wins over the five days. In addition, Greg Broderick's double clear in the Nations Cup was the perfect send-off for the Olympic Games as he prepares to represent Ireland in Brazil in two weeks' time.

In the showing rings, John Roche from Wexford made history by becoming one of the first breeders to secure both the championship and reserve sash for the Pembroke Cup with the three-year-old Assagart Velet and the two-year-old Assagart Lord Lancer.

The Roches then completed a wonderful week by taking reserve in the Young Horse Championship with Assagart Lord Lancer behind Robert and Valerie Davis's three-year-old Emperors Touch, who was following up on his recent championship win at Balmoral.

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