Randalstown furniture restorer Philip Gaw, who lists showjumping as a hobby, has excelled to win the 6,000 euro 1.40m Horsesport Ireland and Showjumping Ireland Grand Prix of the Autumn Tour.
Staged at Kernan's, Crossmaglen, Dromore rider Olivia Roulston enjoyed double success when she took the 7-8 year old 4,000 euro class with Lisa Rosbotham's Miss Valent and galloped to victory in the 3,000 euro six year olds class on the Kernan Stables owned Clovalent.
The HSI Autumn Development series saw excellent performances by Markethill rider Conor McEneaney with Shanroe Junior taking second in six year olds, while Strabane's Jonathan Smyth on board Mulvin Lights Out, was runner up in 7-8 year olds. Crossmaglen based Hannah Joyce won the 2,000 euro four year olds with Judy Murphy's El Cid while Sven Hadley and Harer du Seigneur were outstanding to claim the 3,000 euro HSI five year olds.
Gaw has been highly consistent this season on the 11 year old luidam mare Ardnacashel Coovella, bred by Janice Reddy in Comber, which he bought as a five year old.
With six riders in the jump off, Gaw was last to go and a steady clear round paid off in 37.49 ahead of Gerard Clarke and King Lupin, second in 39.68.
Success evaded Jonathan Smyth with Mulvin Lui, who had a winning time of 36.76 but tipped a fence to take fourth behind Liam O'Meara who was clear in 41.07.
Lisburn's Luke Campbell, on Derryinver Truffle, owned by Lurgan poultry farmer David Campbell, gave chase for fifth place, the horse having stepped up to Grand Prix just this summer.
Winning rider Gaw said: "You know the mare is going to go clear, she covers the ground and loves to jump. I was last to go and knew she would be fast. The show was a fabulous event and all thanks to organiser James Kernan."