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Triumph and thrilling climax to the Dublin Horse Show

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Jessica Finnegan (20), from Newry, on stallion Wivolette van Been

Jessica Finnegan (20), from Newry, on stallion Wivolette van Been

Clare Connors (left) and Eleanor Cunningham wash Callisto Sunrise

Clare Connors (left) and Eleanor Cunningham wash Callisto Sunrise

Carmen Lovely does her make-up with the help of Madame Millicent

Carmen Lovely does her make-up with the help of Madame Millicent

Friends Orla Murphy, Falone Whelan and Jessica Reville

Friends Orla Murphy, Falone Whelan and Jessica Reville

James Potterton greets Westwinds Mackenzie at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show at the RDS

James Potterton greets Westwinds Mackenzie at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show at the RDS

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Jessica Finnegan (20), from Newry, on stallion Wivolette van Been

There were thrills, there were splashy spills and there was triumph at the Dublin Horse Show - it was the most exciting Nations Cup in many moons as Ireland romped home to a victorious finish.

The rafters were lifted as the Irish show-jumping team raised their hats in triumph.

For Cian O'Connor, his 100th cap for Ireland could scarcely have been sweeter as he held the Aga Khan trophy aloft with a beaming smile on his face.

In no other arena is the deep, abiding, age-old Irish love for the horse more palpable than here. It even stretched to heartfelt groans and clicks of grave sympathy invoked as competing riders knocked fences and clocked up the faults.

Enjoying every moment viscerally was Eddie Macken.

The showjumping legend - who represented Ireland 27 times in the Nations Cup and now lives in Canada - said: "I know what Friday in Dublin is all about."

"The crowd didn't want anybody to lose.

"But we wanted to win all the same."

Belfast Telegraph


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