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Winning combination: Emma McEntee and MHS New York

Winning combination: Emma McEntee and MHS New York

Winning combination: Emma McEntee and MHS New York

Irish showjumping has been boosted with an influx of talented Ulster region Grand Prix riders, headed up by Banbridge's 19-year-old Irish Spring Tour champion Emma McEntee, who excelled yet again to win the Classic Water Ulster Grand Prix tour at Kernan's, Crossmaglen.

From 47 starters, there were 11 clear rounds for the jump off, where Kilkenny's Gerard Clarke Jr on King Lupin provisionally took the lead in 40.93, while Larne's 24-year-old trainee accountant Shannon Robinson on Chardonnay, owned by her mother Joy, galloped into second on 44.71.

Omagh's Mackenzie Healy partnered McFadden Equine's Emerald Pokemon for third slot in 46.25 until last-to-go McEntee changed the leaderboard.

With Miguel Bravo's MHS New York, McEntee soared round the tough and technical track, designed by Olympian James Kernan, to stop the clock in 37.45, shifting the placings for Clarke, Healy and Grand National jockey Paul Carberry, who would have finished third instead of fifth had he not tipped a fence.

McEntee was ecstatic, having already been crowned Spring Tour 2021 all Ireland champion.

"MHS New York is super," Emma said.

"He has been very consistent, answers every question and steps up every time.

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"This has been a fantastic show organised by James Kernan and the track was tough and technical. My plan is to do well in the Premier Grand Prix series."

Kernan added: " Gerard Watters of Classic Water in Lurgan not only sponsored the Ulster Grand Prix, he himself competed in the first two classes of the show.

"Emma McEntee is a star of the future and Shannon Robinson with Mackenzie Healy taking third and fourth shows the class of our Ulster region riders."

Portadown's Abby Morton won three classes, scoring on Carrickglen Diamond (90cm) and taking first with Blueoak Yogi in 1m 10 and 1m 20, beating Paul Carberry and Ards rider Michael Cave.


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