Irish army rider Lt David O’Brien took the individual silver medal at the World Military Games in Belgium.
Competing with the Irish-bred mare, Lismore Clover, Lt O’Brien was leading until the last rider, Audrey Stepanenko, from Belarus, sped round to take gold.
“I couldn’t fault Lismore Clover and I honestly thought we had it in the bag,” said Lt O’Brien, who was accompanied to the show by his commanding officer at McKee Barracks, Dublin, Lt Col Gerry Mullins.
The bronze medal went to Yahor Marotski, also competing for Belarus.
New ride for World Champion
Ireland’s World Champion, Dermott Lennon, has acquired the Quickstar stallion OBOS Quality from Cork-based Marie O’Brien.
Quality was purchased at the PSI auctions some years ago and has been campaigned successfully on the international circuit by Denis Coakley.
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