Dutch go jump­ing for joy and glory at Dublin Horse Show

Irish Independent - - News - Ni­cola An­der­son

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

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