ON THIS DAY – March 24th 2018 – Incredible day for the Irish Showjumpers with wins in Mexico, United States and Spain
- 24 March 2020, 09:53
Two years ago today, Irish riders recorded an amazing five major victories in one day at venues across the world.
Shane Sweetnam and Darragh Kenny both scored victories in Mexico, while Trevor Breen and Richard Howley also come out on top in Spain, and Richie Moloney added to the Irish haul with a win in Florida
Shane Sweetnam’s win came with the then 17-year-old stallion Cyklon at the opening Longines Global Champions Tour fixture of the season in Mexico, while Darragh Kenny was part of the Paris Panthers team that took the winners prize in the first Global Champions League competition – the Offaly rider partnering with Cassini Z
There was further Irish success on the same day at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida, when Kilkenny’s Richie Moloney claimed the winners prize in the four-star $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1m45 with the Irish Sport Horse Rocksy Music.
Meanwhile back in Europe at the Spanish Sunshine Tour in Vejer de la Frontera, Tipperary’s Trevor Breen and Bombay took victory in the 1m50 Grand Prix qualifier after a 20 horse jump-off.
Breen and the 11-year-old Bombay, stopped the clock in 36.16 seconds to finish just ahead of German rider Marcel Marschall. The 1m45 contest at the same venue also went to Ireland, with Sligo’s Richard Howley and Cruising Star finishing ahead of Britain’s Guy Williams in second.