Tuesday 12 December 2017

Equestrian: Twomey now third in world rankings

Louise Parkes

Billy Twomey became the highest-ranked Irish rider in the Rolex world rankings this week when he overtook Denis Lynch and moved into third place.

The Corkman, who has been enjoying a fabulous run of form, is just behind Frenchman Kevin Staut, who has been forced to yield the long-held No 1 position to reigning Olympic champion Eric Lamaze from Canada.

Twomey lines out in the Hamburg leg of the lucrative Global Champions Tour tomorrow.

Lynch, now ranked No 5, took first blood at the German fixture yesterday when scooping the €60,000 first prize in the Mercedes-Benz Championship. Riding his Olympic horse Lantinus, he finished more than a second ahead of runner-up Luciana Diniz (Winningmood) from Portugal.

Meanwhile, Ireland will go fifth in today's FEI Nations Cup in St Gallen, Switzerland, where Jessica Kuerten may feature on the team for the first time this season.

The five-strong squad also includes Cameron Hanley, Shane Sweetnam, American-based Jennifer Crooks and rising Meath star Alexander Butler.

Irish Independent

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