Laura Renwick gets silver lining as cool Eoin McMahon strikes gold at FEI World Breeding Championships
There was double medal success for Irish Sport Horses at the FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses at Lanaken, Belgium.
Great Britain's Laura Renwick partnered MHS Washington to silver in the seven-year-old final, while Eoin McMahon rode Talks Cheap to gold in the male equivalent.
Renwick was pipped to the gold medal by an agonising 0.16 seconds by Belgium's Gregory Whatlelet on Mjt Nevados.
Drumiller Houdini, owned and bred in County Down, finished a creditable ninth in the six-year-old finals with Francis Connors on board.
Scarva's Paul Dillon bred Drumiller Houdini, with Connors turning in a slick and stylish performance, came home in ninth place in a competitive field, much to the delight of her owners from The Grove Group in County Antrim and Belfast.
Meanwhile, Banbridge's Cormac Rafferty, Paul Devlin of Whiteabbey and Antrim's Conor Drain, will all benefit from their experience at the finals, which had nearly 200 Irish breeders and producers supporting the horses and riders.