Ireland storm to victory in Wellington Nations Cup

The Irish Show Jumping team produced a commanding performance in the early hours of this morning (Sunday), to take victory in the four-star Nations Cup at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida, USA.

Michael Blake’s team were in the lead at the halfway stage on a zero score following clear rounds from Darragh Kenny with Eddy Blue, David O’Brien with El Balou OLD and Cian O’Connor with Fancy De Kergane, while Shane Sweetnam was the discard score with four faults aboard RR Combella.

The second round saw Kenny and Sweetnam pick up four faults apiece, while O’Brien added just two time penalties. That left Ireland as clear winners on a final score of 10 faults without the need for O’Connor to jump in the second round.

Canada finished as runners-up on 20 faults with USA taking third place on the podium with 24 faults.