Tuesday 20 February 2018

Sarah Ennis shows class to take Chatsworth's top prize

Ireland's Sarah Ennis. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Ireland's Sarah Ennis. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Louise Parkes

IRISH event rider Sarah Ennis defeated the toughest of opposition to win the Dodson & Horrell CIC 3-Star Challenge at Chatsworth Horse Trials with Stellor Rebound yesterday.

The British fixture attracted all the big names, and the Meath rider was lying fifth after dressage but climbed up the order after both showjumping and cross-country to head the field with a great performance from her 10-year-old gelding.

Showjumper Shane Breen was in action at the 3-Star Royal Windsor Horse Show and the Hickstead-based Tipperary man won Saturday night's Falcon Stakes.

Riding the nine-year-old Belgian-bred Farao van T Vennehof, Breen scorched home in 42.47 seconds to show British stars John Whitaker (Lord of Arabia) and Peter Charles (Murkas Nevada) a clean pair of heels as they had to settle for second and third places.

Partnering the same horse, Breen finished ninth in yesterday's Grand Prix in which the Whitaker cousins, Robert and William, took the top two places.

In the Carriage Driving International, Barry Capstick won the Pairs competition.

Galway showjumper Michael Duffy scored an emphatic victory in the 1.40m Speed class at Odense in Denmark, winning on the nine-year-old grey mare Eminent by almost three seconds.

Meanwhile, in Belfast, Alexander Butler and Will Wimble won the CSI 2-Star Grand Prix at Balmoral International Horse Show.

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