Irish showjumper Billy Twomey has broken into the world’s top 10 showjumpers for the first time.

Billy appears at number nine in the official Rolex World Jumping Rankings.

He joins fellow Irish jumper Denis Lynch, who is at number seven.

“I have a couple of very capable horses at the moment, and of course this is also the reason why I have been able to win enough points for my first top ten position,” said Billy.

“I’d like to thank all the people who have helped me — my owners, sponsors and supporters, I’d also like to thank the Irish chef d’equipe Robert Splaine for giving me the opportunity to compete at top class shows.”

Horse Sport Ireland chairman Joe Walsh added: “This is a significant achievement by Billy. For such a small country to now have two riders in the world’s top 10 is amazing.”

France’s Kevin Staut currently leads the individual Rolex World Rankings.