Wednesday 18 September 2019

Max delivers a performance to remember as Irish take gold

(stock photo)
(stock photo)

Louise Parkes

Irish youngsters posted double-gold in Jumping and team bronze in eventing at the FEI European Pony Championships in Strzegom, Poland.

Friday's jumping team finale was a real thriller, with two separate jump-offs to decide both gold and bronze, and Ireland's John McEntee (Little Smithe), Niamh McEvoy (Ardfry Skye), and brothers Tom (Ocean des As) and Max Wachman (Cuffesgrange Cavalidam) took on a power-packed British foursome in the battle for gold.

Tied on a two-round total of four faults, both teams produced three more clear rounds and it was Max Wachman's breathtaking last-to-go run that swung it in Ireland's favour.

And then Max (15) made it a double when he was the only rider to complete all five Championship rounds on a zero score.

Earlier yesterday Grace Tyrell (Fiona's Fionn), Alex Connors (Millridge Buachaill Bui), Brian Kuehnle (Tullibards Sixth Sense) and Tiggy Hancock (Coppenagh Spring Sparrow), who had moved up from fourth to third after good cross-country performances on Saturday, stayed on to claim eventing bronze. Great Britain took gold ahead of France.

Meanwhile, history will be made today when Ireland fields a first-ever dressage team at the FEI European Championships for Seniors in Rotterdam.

Ireland is chasing down Olympic spots in dressage and showjumping this week, and dressage riders Kate Dwyer (Snowdon Faberge) and Heike Holstein (Sambuca) will compete today while Anna Merveldt (Esporim) and Judy Reynolds (Vancouver K) will strut their stuff tomorrow.

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