Irish Show Jumping scored an amazing victory in the Nations Cup victory in Drammen this afternoon.
The team of Alexander Butler ‘Hallowberry Cruz’, Cameron Hanley ‘Quirex’, Mark McAuley ‘Utchan De Belheme’ and Captain Geoff Curran and ‘Ringwood Glen,’ Put in a fantastic performance to seal the victory over Belgium at the Norwegian venue.
Michael Blake has shown fantastic judgement as Ireland’s development team manager. The man from Tuamgraney has been behind Irelands recent Nations cup wins in Ocala and Wellington, Florida. This win makes it three in-a-row!!! Congratulations Michael and team .
Drammen Nations Cup – Irish scores
Alexander Butler/Hallowberry Cruz (Ret) / (9)
Mark McAuley/Utchan De Belheme 5/1
Cameron Hanley/Quirex 1/5
Capt. Geoff Curran/Ringwood Glen 4/4
Total 20 faults
Meanwhile in La Baule, France, the Irish Show Jumping team took third place in the five-star Super League Nations Cup.
Tipperary’s Shane Breen rode the exciting stallion ‘Golden Hawk’ and jumped what was one of just four double clear rounds in the competition.
Denis Lynch and Thomas Straumann’s big jumping ‘All Star’ finished with 5 faults in round one and just tipped a pole in round two resulting in 4 penalties.
Galways Michael Duffy rode Alan Burnells ‘Belcanto Z’ and jumped clear in the opening round with just one time fault, while a foot on the tape at the water jump resulted in 4 penalties.
Kanturks Shane Sweetnam and Spy Coast Farm’s ‘Chaqui Z’ finished with 5 faults in both rounds, to leave Ireland on a two round total of 14 faults. This was more than enough to claim 3rd place on the podium.
Denis Lynch/All Star 5/4
Shane Breen/ Golden Hawk 0/0
Michael Duffy/Belcanto Z 1/4
Shane Sweetnam/Chaqui Z (5)/(5)