Power surges to title
Fifth-place finishes for both dressage rider Judy Reynolds and showjumper Denis Lynch kept Ireland in the spotlight at the World Cup fixture in Mechelen, Belgium, at the weekend.
However, 15-year-old Katie Power stole their thunder when winning the FEI Ponies Jumping Trophy yesterday with a brilliant performance on Ghost Rider.
Reynolds was making a return after a break since competing at the World Equestrian Games in September and her 16-year-old gelding Vancouver K posted 78.750 for fifth place in Saturday's World Cup qualifier, won by Holland's Hans Peter Minderhoud.
A single time fault saw Lynch and The Sinner miss out on the four-horse jump-off, but his fast time saw him fill fifth spot, as Germany's Christian Ahlmann scooped the winner's purse of €26,000 and a brand new BMW.
Power, from Dungarvan in Waterford, was lying seventh going into yesterday's two-round title decider, but a first-round clear moved her up to second behind Britain's Red Morgan and when he faulted under pressure she kept a cool head to come home fault-free.