Lennon wins second Mercedes in three days, Twomey takes British Grand Prix Trophy
- 7 July 2013, 12:50
CO. DOWN show jumper Dermott Lennon (44) won his second Mercedes car at the three-star show in Geesteren, Netherlands this weekend with a Grand Prix victory today (Sunday). Meanwhile, Cork’s Billy Twomey took first place in the Grand Prix at Wettenhall in England with the ten year-old gelding Diaghilev.
Both riders were celebrating their second wins of the weekend.
On Friday night former World Champion Lennon collected a Class A Mercedes hatchback at Geesteren’s three-star show when he claimed victory in the Grand Prix Qualifier with Hallmark Elite. This evening (Sunday) he bagged a sportier Class CLA model when winning the Grand Prix with the Irish Sport Horse Loughview Lou Lou.
Lennon said this evening: “It feels great to have won twice this weekend. I didn’t jump in the Grand Prix in Aachen, Germany last week because I fancied Loughview Lou Lou to win here, and I’m pleased to say that Hallmark Elite is also in super form.”
On Friday night at Wettenhall, also a three-star show, 36 year-old Twomey brought the bay gelding Diaghilev across the line with one-and-a-half seconds to spare against a jump-off challenge from Britain’s Jessie Drea and the Irish Sport Horse Touchdown mare Touchable.
This evening Diaghilev again delivered the goods, earning Twomey 12,000 euro in a 12-horse jump-off, with fellow countryman Richard Howley underlining Irish dominance of the international class with a second place on Camiro de Haar Z.
Twomey said after his second weekend victory: “I’m just pleased to get back to my winning ways, considering the my recent operation and the fracture I sustained from a fall in April.”
Ireland’s Anthony Condon also took seventh place in the British Grand Prix, with Value T.
Loughview Lou-Lou (ISH) – 2002 bay mare by Limmerick (HOLST) out of Loughview Diamond Lucy (ISH), by Jack Of Diamonds (ID C1). Owner/Bred by Judith Sossick, Randalstown, Co. Antrim. Rider: Dermott Lennon (IRL)