Saturday 24 February 2018

Ennis lead the way for Ireland's eventers

Sarah Ennis on Sugar Borwn Babe
Sarah Ennis on Sugar Borwn Babe

Louise Parkes

Ireland finished third in the FEI Eventing Nations Cup at Ballindenisk in Cork where Sarah Ennis was individually sixth and Elizabeth Power won the CIC 2-Star competition.

Ennis and her mare, Sugar Brown Babe, produced the best Irish dressage score when posting 43.5 on Friday and had just a single showjumping fence down on Saturday before going clear cross-country yesterday to slot into sixth place.

Joseph Murphy and Electric Cruise added nothing to their dressage mark of 54, but Camilla Speirs and Portersize Just A Jiff collected eight showjumping penalties to finish on a score of 54.2, while anchorman Sam Watson was eliminated for a cross-country fall from Horseware Bushman.

This was the first time for a leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup series to be staged in Ireland and it was Great Britain's Izzy Taylor, Rosalind Canter, Lucy Wiegersma and Nicky Roncoroni who came out on top in the end with a final team total of 138.4.

The French side of Geoffroy Souliez, Pascal Leroy, Shibaut Vallette Cne and Maxime Livio were just over three points behind in second, while the Irish team were 14 points further adrift of France in third.

Individual winner in the Nations Cup class was Britain's Ollie Townend with the Irish-bred Cooley Master Class, but home runners were dominant in the CIC 2-Star in which Elizabeth Power scooped both first and third places with HHS Comporta Beach and Zazoe. Jodie O'Keeffe was second on Kachemire Le Beau, while Speirs claimed fourth with BT Border Bandit.

In showjumping action yesterday, Ireland's Jonathan Gordon won the 1.40m Speed class with Wiseguy at San Giovanni in Mirignano, Italy before going on to finish fourth with Bario van T Martendenkerf in the 1.50m Grand Prix.

And elsewhere, at Lummen in Belgium, Shane Breen steered Confident Of Victory into third in the 1.50m Grand Prix.

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