Simpson's super success at Horse of the Year Show
Derry horseman David Simpson has won the Leading Showjumper of the Year title at the Horse of the Year show in the NEC, Birmingham.
Simpson has now won two UK major championships this season having jumped to victory in the Queen's Cup at Hickstead in July.
Simpson was clever on his turns with the 13-year-old bay, Gentleman VH Veldhof, and stopped the clock in an unbeatable time of 33.45 seconds.
Runner-up was Harry Charles, son of Ballymena horsewoman Tara Charles and her husband, London team gold medallist Peter Charles. The couple live in Hampshire where they have a large equestrian establishment and all three of their children compete.
Charles was on board Valkiry de Zance to take runner-up slot with a clear in 34.43 ahead of Michael Whitaker in third on Strides Hilanasterne, clear in 34.46.
A delighted Simpson praised his horse, saying: "He's incredible, I really have to thank the owners for the opportunity to ride him, without the horse we are nothing."
Ballyclare's Harry Marshall, on Flambeau, has won a an international 1.40m class in Vilamoura, Portugal. Alexander Butler also recorded runner-up in a class at the same show.
Templepatrick's Sameh El Dahan is in Morocco this week with the Egyptian team, competing with Suma's Zorro, owned by Joanne Sloan Allen. Two Olympic places are up for grabs for countries from the African zone.