Ireland’s Billy Twomey won his first Global Champions Tour grand prix on Saturday with Je T’Aime Flamenco.

Competing in Valencia, Spain, 34-year-old Billy was the fastest of three treble clears to claim the 92,000euro first prize with Sue Davies’ 11-year-old bay stallion.

The horse was just fantastic, he seemed to go better in each round,” said Billy. “I’ve been to a lot of these Global Champions Tours and it’s nice to finally get one in the bag. I’m absolutely delighted.”

Germany’s Ludger Beerbaum finished less than a second behind in second with Gotha FRH and the Netherlands’ Maikel van der Vleuten in third with VDL Groep Verdi.

Ireland’s Denis Lynch finished fifth with Abbervail Van Het Dingeshof after picking up a time-fault in an otherwise clear second round.

Britain’s Guy Williams withdrew Depardieu Van’t Kiezelhof when the eight-year-old gelding picked up a very small over-reach injury before the class.

Results:

  1. Je T’Aime Flamenco (B Twomey), IRL
  2. Gotha FRH (L Beerbaum), GER
  3. VDL Groep Verdi (M van der Vleuten), NED
  4. Cedric (L Kraut), USA
  5. Abbervail Van Het Dingeshof (D Lynch), IRL
  6. Sabrina 327 (M Ehning), GER

See next week’s H&H for full reports.