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The event was staged behind closed doors and was then abandoned completely yesterday. (stock photo)

The event was staged behind closed doors and was then abandoned completely yesterday. (stock photo)

The event was staged behind closed doors and was then abandoned completely yesterday. (stock photo)

Right up until equestrian sport all but ground to a halt worldwide last night, Irish riders continued to make their mark at shows across the globe.

On Friday night in Dortmund, Germany, Tipperary-born showjumper Denis Lynch posted a win with GC Bushi's Chopin and Clare rider Eoin McMahon finished third with Chacon 2 while Kildare's Heike Holstein slotted into sixth in the Dressage Grand Prix with Sambuca.

The event was staged behind closed doors and was then abandoned completely yesterday.

At Palm Beach in Florida on Friday, Derry's Jordan Coyle and Eristov won the Masters Qualifier ahead of Cork-born Billy Twomey and Lady Lou in third while Wexford's Bertram Allen lined up fourth riding Gun Powder.

The final two weeks of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida have been cancelled but Offaly's Darragh Kenny, who has been on an incredible run of form so far this year, posted yet another victory on Saturday night riding the mare Scarlett du Sart Z.

The international governing body, the FEI, has recommended the cancellation of all events for the next four weeks due to the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, racing in Britain is set to go behind closed doors this week, initially until the end of the month, as a result of the escalating coronavirus outbreak.

Fixtures in Ireland were closed to the public from Friday evening and it is a similar situation in Scotland, following guidance from the Irish and Scottish governments regarding the banning of mass gatherings with over 500 people.

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