Duffy chalks up his first Irish International victory with Portuguese win
- 9 March 2014, 15:21
EVENTER Fraser Duffy, who made his international debut for Ireland just last month, today (Sunday) chalked up his first Irish victory when taking the winner’s trophy at CCI2* Barroca D’Alva in Portugal.
Thirty-eight year-old Duffy, who had already taken a third place at Portugal’s Vale Sabroso on his Irish debut and a sixth at Barroca last week with Carol Gee’s Irish Sport Horse Fernhill Revelation, today rode the same horse to his first international win for the country.
Lying fourth after dressage on Friday, Duffy went clear on the cross country course yesterday and left all the poles standing in today’s show jumping phase to finish on his dressage score of 48.1, which was enough to beat the overnight leader, Spain’s Gonzalo Blasco Botin with All Pan Pan, who incurred four jumping faults today.
Duffy also accounted for ninth place in the CIC3* at Barroca this afternoon, with another Carol Gee Irish Sport Horse, Boleybawn Fernhill, in a competition that was won by Elaine Pen from the Netherlands, on Dostowjesky.