The Irish Equestrian Team were victorious over the weekend, winning their second ever Gold at the recent show jumping championships in Gothenburg.
The team included names such as Cian O’ Connor, Denis Lynch, Shane Sweetnam and Bertram Allen. Bertram Allen was forced to retire early though, as his horse Hector d’Abdijhoeve fell in the second round of the championships.
They began Saturday evening in third place, with it left to the three remaining riders to make up the points, and that they did with all three scoring almost perfect rounds.
The first man up on the day was Shane Sweetnam, riding Chaqui Z of Spy Coast’s Farms. The Cork native was the first one to go fully clear, on what is a very difficult jumping course. He was followed by Tipperary man Denis Lynch on Thomas Straumann’s horse All Star 5.
Coming into the final ride of the day for the Irish, Ireland due to Betram Allen’s early retirement, knew they had no discard score, meaning it was up to Cian O’Connor. He had the added pressure of not knocking any fences and that he did he stormed through the course with great success riding a perfectly clear round and leading the Irish to Gold.
As mentioned above, this is the second ever gold won by Ireland at the championships, and the first since 2001. Ireland won gold, with Sweden finishing second and Switzerland in third.
A great victory for the Irish in Gothenburg in Sweden.