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Age is no barrier as Conor shows his class

Published 16/05/2009

Antrim teenager Conor Drain won his first International class at the third day of Balmoral Show.

The 16-year-old, who has won seven major classes in the past month, took the red riband and Aon McMillen International Accumulator Class yesterday from 28 starters in the rain-soaked main arena.

The youngest rider in the event, Conor partnered the mare Shanroe Penny, owned by the Smyth family from County Armagh, to clock the fastest time of 49.44.

Alexander Duffy, from Sligo, was runner up with Magherafelt teenager John Higgins’ third place proving that Ulster teenagers reign supreme in international showjumping.

On Wednesday, Conor won the six-seven year old championship at Balmoral and tomorrow competes in the Cavan Grand Prix.

Meanwhile, world championship rider Marie Burke from County Clare and her home bred stallion Chippison were winners of the £5,000 International Spectacular.

Marie steered the black stallion into first place in the six-horse jump-off with a time of 36.80, more than a second ahead of GB rider Vicky Tulloch on Soliegett,e who was clear in 37.90.

Irish tenor Ronan Tynan's stallion Warrenstown You Two, ridden by Tholme Keane, finished third ahead of Edward Doyle from Kildare and Lucy Buchanan from Loughbrickland.

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