Friday 27 April 2018

Jump-off sees Lynch edged out as Horse Show comes to a close

Saoirse O’Neill (7) is congratulated by her dad Michael after she competed at the RDS yesterday. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Saoirse O’Neill (7) is congratulated by her dad Michael after she competed at the RDS yesterday. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

The 144th Dublin Horse Show has trotted off for another year, with around 100,000 spectators visiting this year's event at the RDS.

Although the pace was gentler for attendees on the final day of the popular event, it was all go in the main arena for the prestigious Longines International Grand Prix.

It was a thrilling jump-off, which saw Ireland's own Denis Lynch beaten to the big prize by just one-tenth of a second.

Despite having the backing of the home crowd, Lynch was just pipped at the post by Germany's speedy Werner Muff, on board Daimler, who galloped home with the coveted victory and the €66,000 prize money.

Longines International Rider of the Show went to Rio Olympian Greg Broderick.

The Tipperary man, who won two competitions during the course of the week, said he was "over the moon" with the accolade.

Worth an estimated €45m to the local economy, the event costs about €4.5m to stage.

Irish Independent

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