Capt Geoff Curran crowned 2020 Irish National Show Jumping Champion as Kevin Gallagher wins HSI Premier Series Final at Portmore
- 6 September 2020, 18:48
Waterford-born Army rider Capt Geoff Curran and The Minister For Defence-owned Irish Sport Horse Glengarra Wood have been crowned 2020 Irish National Show Jumping Champions following today’s (Sunday) Horse Sport Ireland Premier Series Final at Portmore Equestrian Centre in Northern Ireland.
Capt Curran had been sitting in second place on the league table before Portmore and a fifth place finish in the final saw him overtake leader Ger O’Neill and MHS High Hopes.
A nail-biting finish saw Kevin Gallagher and The Irish Sport Horse Ballypatrick Flamenco win the HSI Premier Series Grand Prix at Portmore with one of just two double clear rounds. Nine combinations went through to the jump-off and Gallagher took the lead when second last to go with Ballypatrick Flamenco who was bred by Dr Noel Cawley and is owned by Greg Broderick. Kenneth Graham put in a great effort when last to go with George and their clear round would see them finish as runners-up while Anthony O’Regan and Feedback finished third with two time faults in the first round followed by a clear against the clock.
Kevin Gallagher and Ballypatrick Flamenco’s win in Portmore saw them finish as league runners-up while Ger O’Neill and MHS High Hopes took third place overall.
Speaking after the competition, Horse Sport Ireland CEO Ronan Murphy said:
“On behalf of Horse Sport Ireland, I want to congratulate Capt Geoff Curran on being crowned 2020 Irish National Champion and overall HSI Premier Series winner and also congratulate all of the winners we had during the series. We are delighted with how the Series was supported by our top riders, owners and breeders since it started following the resumption of equestrian competitions in July and we were rewarded with fantastic competitions. The Premier Series is the pinnacle of National Show Jumping in Ireland and Horse Sport Ireland were delighted to give our support once again this year.”
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