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Niamh McEvoy

Niamh McEvoy

Niamh McEvoy

Omagh’s Niamh McEvoy claimed the Leading Young Rider award in the Kernan’s Gain Altech TYR Capital Asset Grand Prix in Crossmaglen.

Riding Haifa, McEvoy took the accolade after a creditable fourth on Haifa’s first upgrade to National GP level from 31 starters. 

“She is such a trier, very careful and I am looking forward to National Balmoral at the Maze this week where I have three horses competing,” said McEvoy.

"We also qualified for the National Young Riders next month.”

Ten horses made the jump off, where Longford’s Robert Harrison and his Danish mare Landlystes Rubina took the honours after a show stopping round 34.91. Lisburn-born Victoria Clarke of Cavan Equestrian pulled out the stops with Chinatown to a near victory, just losing by a fraction of a second in 34.92 for second place ahead of Meath’s John Floody on Accidental Diamond in 38.78.

Harrison said: “It was a great show. I bought Rubina in Denmark when she was six and she is now 13, she is naturally very quick. There were good horses in the jump off and I had to be quick but Rubina can turn very fast.”

Meanwhile, Derry’s Jordan Coyle won the Lake Placid Jumper Classic with Boston Ask, having taken first and second with Centriko Volo and Warnike in the earlier Saratoga Grand Prix.

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Tokyo-bound Olympian Darragh Kenny of Offaly showed his class yet again by winning the Global Champions Tour Monaco Grand Prix and a first prize of €100,000 with Idalville d’ Esprit, having earlier claimed the pairs event with Egyptian Nayel Nasar. He is now qualified for the superfinal in Prague. Templepatrick rider Sam El Dahan is also qualified for the play-offs with WKD Aimez Moi after a podium finish of runner-up in the Longines Paris Grand Prix.

In eventing, Lisburn's Clare Abbott had double success at Kilguilky, Mallow, where she won the CCI 2star S on Miss Matana before winning with Jewelent in the 4 star S section on 31.7.

National Balmoral championship shows take place this week at Balmoral Park, running from Thursday until Sunday.


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