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NI horses shine at Badminton, while Abbott shows her class

 

Clare Abbott
Clare Abbott

By Ruth Loney

Northern Ireland-bred horses finished third and fourth at the Badminton Horse Trials with Australian Christopher Burton on board.

Lisburn schoolteacher Clare Abbott, meanwhile, was the highest finisher in the Irish squad, finishing a brilliant 12th overall after three days of superb performances on board her Rio Olympic horse Euro Prince.

Great Britain rider Piggy French swooped in to win the 2019 Badminton Mitsubishi Horse Trials with a stunning clear round in showjumping after leader Oliver Townend faulted as leader and when last to jump.

It was a day for Irish-bred horses as French won on Vanir Kamira, bred by Kathryn Jackson from Co Monaghan, and Townend's horse was bred by Limerick's Noel Hickey.

Aussie horseman Burton occupied third and fourth places on Ulster-bred horses.

There was jubilation in the Co Armagh yard of Peter Rice of Keady and Emyvale who bred the third-placed Cooley Lands from his stallion Cavalier Lands.

Burton's consistency saw him ride Graf Liberty to fourth for delighted Banbridge breeder Brian Livingstone and the horse's English syndicate of owners.

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