Show jumping rider Niamh McEvoy € 9,000 richer with double success
Ireland’s fastest rising show jumping star teenager Niamh McEvoy (17) won the Cavan Equestrian Center Autumn Grand Prix at â¬ 6,000 and 1.40m WKD Jump off, adding another 3,000 euros to his bank balance. The student from Omagh, already European pony champion, led her horse Haifa OL to the victory of 50 starters in a line-up of stars, including international seniors and prominent young riders. The Horsesport Ireland Grand Prix had a tough track, built by Stuart Clarke, with Niamh the fastest in 38.46 from a 12 horsepower dam. Ryan Sweetnam chased Quisto, a bit slower for the finalist in 38.83, with Shane Goggins less than a second behind in 39.33 for third place on DPS Revere. Niamh, who wowed spectators with his precision and speed in the jump-offs, explained: âHaifa is a small horse with a huge heart. She is a nine-year-old mare that I bought from Olivia McCormack in Magherafelt l last year. âOlivia produced it. beautifully up to 1.35m, leaving her just ready to upgrade to Grand Prix level. She also finished third in the play-off at 1.45 and was very consistent. In addition to his Grand Prix success, Niamh linked Templepatrick Welcome Limmerick to another victory for Cavan in the WKD play-off event. Ausra Clarke and the big seven-year-old Janco, owned by Gregory Clarke, excelled by winning the prestigious final of 1,500 euros for 6/7 year-olds out of 37 starters, with a clear round of 40.33. Banbridge Spring Tour champion Emma McEntee finished second on her new horse Boss Quality, owned by Jenny Lusk of Lisburn. , in 42.84. Conor Swail’s best form continued in Thermal, Calif., Winning the 1.50m event with Vital Chance de la Roque out of 35 participants and winning the 1.45m event with Theo. Miguel, Mexico with a first place on the podium in Boston Ask by Berlin which he acquired earlier this year. Tipperary-born Denis Lynch, ranked ninth in the world, excelled in Verona with a third place in the FEI world qualifying event on the Bushi of GC Chopin for which he received nearly 30,000 euros. Previously, he had teamed up with Rubens La Silla to win the Verona 1.50m speed test. Lynch is now ranked fourth in the Longines Western European World Cup standings and is aiming for the FEI World Cup final next year in Leipzig as Conor Swail leads the North American league.