Dutch go jumping for joy and glory at Dublin Horse Show
THERE was time for just one gripping event in the final day of the Dublin Horse Show, with a win for the Netherlands in the Longines International Grand Prix.
Dutch rider Kevin Jochems sped to victory on Captain Cooper, while Wexford’s Bertram Allen on Molly Malone came fifth.
The stands were packed for the event – but there was also great interest in a slightly more niche category, with the Ladies Intermediate Side Saddle drawing large crowds.
The elegance of the riders with their straight backs, immaculate long riding habits and veiled top hats conjured up scenes of ‘Downton Abbey’.
For rider Robyn Catterall from Armagh, there was barely a moment to change as she took part in the Hunters class to immediately gear up for the side saddle event.
“It was tough going,” she admitted.
But it was worth it as she celebrated first place with horse Murphy and the owner Michael Lewis.
Rebecca O’Toole, from Stillorgan, and her horse Charlie at the Dublin Horse Show yesterday. Below: Paul McGough, Tristan Caldwell, Shane Barriscale and Joe McCorison – aka 4 In A Bar – prepare to perform for the crowds. Photos: Arthur Carron