British and Irish showjumpers clean up overseas

  • It was another superb weekend for British and Irish showjumpers overseas.

    Nick Skelton and Big Star continued their phenomenal run in Florida, this time taking the $80,000 CSI*** grand prix.

    Ireland’s Cian O’Connor (KEC Alligator Alley) filled the runner-up spot with Brits David McPherson (Chamberlain Z) and Alexandra Thornton (Blue Curacao) third and fourth respectively.

    “He’s a quick horse but I didn’t go crazy fast,” said Nick.

    In Spain, Guy Williams won the big tour grand prix with his Olympic hope Depardieu Van’t Kiezelhof.

    Meanwhile, at the five-star Saut Hermes in Paris, Ireland’s Billy Twomey finished third in the €200,000 grand prix with Tinka’s Serenade.

    The class was won by Ukraine rider Katharina Offel (Cathleen).

    “I’m certainly not disappointed to finish third,” said Billy, who also landed a great victory with Romanov earlier in the day. “She’s got all the experience and is in great form right now.”

    Don’t miss full reports in next week’s issue of H&H (out 22 March, 2012).

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