Dermott Lennon placed second in the World Cup qualifier in Toronto, Canada, a fortnight ago with Loughview Lou Lou.Unfortunately, that was the last time he rode her until Wednesday at the World Cup show in Madrid, Spain.
Lennon cited flight issues and, while it is not conducive to getting the best out of Judith Sossick’s bay mare, Lennon says he hopes he can take off again and improve on his 23rd place on the Western European League.
“Basically, I haven’t sat on Lou Lou since Toronto. She was held up due to flight problems and only returned to the Netherlands on Sunday. Then she left on Monday for Madrid, and arrived here on Wednesday.
I just have to deal with the situation. I’m here and I’m gong to do my best. I know her well, though. She has jumped fantastic all year and if we can get another show or two out of her by the end of the year, I’ll be happy,” said Lennon.
The Co Down native was one of only two riders to better the first-round course in Toronto, the other being American superstar McLain Ward. Lennon, though, was first into the arena against the clock and finished with eight faults. Ward never even considered hitting high gear and, in fact, ended up victorious with a single time fault.
Lennon feels the test in Madrid will be similar to Toronto in at least one respect: It will be big.
“There are no easy World Cup courses. It’s a big ring here and nothing short of being at the top of your game will do if you want a result.”
Lennon has form in the World Cup, finishing fifth in 2010 at the final in Geneva, Switzerland, with Hallmark Elite, the pair posting one of only three double clears on the last day. A repeat of his Toronto performance would put him well on his way to earning a place in the final in Gothenburg, Sweden, next March, though the former world champion was in no mood to get ahead of himself yesterday.
“I got good points in Toronto. If the horse was going well and we produce another result this weekend, then, sure, I’d like to make a bid for the final,” he said.
Lennon is joined in the Spanish capital by Denis Lynch, who is aiming to make up for last weekend’s disappointment in the World Cup class in Stuttgart, Germany, where he finished the first round with eight faults on Abbervail van het Dingeshof.