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Swail claims top prize at prestigious Canada show

By Ruth Loney

Published 15/06/2016

Ulster's Conor Swail
Ulster's Conor Swail

Two Ulster showjumpers have taken first and fourth in the $500,000 RBC Grand Prix presented by Rolex at the Spruce Meadows Show in Calgary.

Conor Swail, the Saintfield showjumping star, partnered Martha Louise to win the Canadian event with the fastest jump off time in the third round of 40.66.

The mare, owned by Ariel and Susan Grange, has won numerous Grands Prix in North America with the Spruce Meadows GP being one of the most valuable of the year.

Eric Lamaze from Ontario, with Fine Lady, finished runner- up in 41.96 ahead of fellow Canadian Rich Fellers in third with Flexible, a son of the Irish Sport Horse Stallion Cruising. They were clear in 43.77.

Annaghmore showjumper Jonathan McCrea, now married and based in Connecticut, partnered Candy Tribble's 11-year- old stallion Aristoteles V to take fourth place in 49.72.

Belfast artist and horsewoman Sophie Dalm also made her mark in Irish showjumping when she claimed the Mullingar Grand Prix last week, while former Waringstown rider Zara Nelson won the international pony three- day event at the Tattersalls event in Meath.

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