With heavy rain playing havoc with the showjumping element of the Galway County Show, the popular annual event was forced to re-locate to Duffy’s Equestrian in Clare Galway last weekend.
- Greg Broderick and Mrs Quinn
Although there was no shortage of local riders in the TRM/ Horseware Grand Prix, victory went to Tipperary as Greg Broderick partnered Mrs Quinn to the winner’s enclosure and in the process claimed the majority share of the €4,000 prize fund sponsored by Supermac’s.
A total of 42 listed starters went to post and of these of 25 combinations proceeded to the timed round.
A hot favourite with the crowd, Michael Duffy was keen to repeat his winning performance from last year and he duly delivered as he recorded the first double clear round with Carthago 11 Z, in 40.01.
Galway native Olive Clarke meant business as she negotiated all the tight lines with Snipe and although she seemed to take the longer track back to the final oxer, her time of 38.62 was enough to put her into the lead.
Clarke’s lead held only momentarily as Liam O’ Meara shot into the lead when he put in a show stopping performance as he crossed the line in 35.89 with Mr Coolcaum.
Speed merchant against the clock, Joan Greene and Chipigal set off in their usual pace. But despite a good turn of foot, a clear in 37.97 temporarily put her into second place.
TRM/Horseware Premier Series joint leader, Alexander Butler set off in a determined pace aboard his new mount Vimminka. However, even after pulling out all the stops, a clear in 38.37 failed to catch the leader, but proved good enough for eventual fourth, which in the process demoted Clarke into fifth.
Returning with his second mount Westland Ruby, Michael Duffy knew the tight lines to take, but despite having the upper hand a clear in 38.66 was only good enough to slot him into sixth place.
Last to go, Greg Broderick knew the task that lay ahead and was clearly up for the task as he cantered in on Mrs Quinn. Broderick didn’t waste any time and executed a series of good turns from the off, but it was the tight turn to the last fence that allowed him to make up valuable seconds as the combination crossed the line, clear in 35.25 to take victory, leaving O’ Meara in second and Greene in third.
Earlier in the day the Irish Sport Horse Studbook Showjumping Series took centre stage and as in the qualifying rounds, local riders featured strongly.
In the five-year-old- division 10 combinations delivered double clear rounds to share the €3,100 prize fund. Clear rounds were delivered by Damien Griffin(Killuppaun Magic), Joan Greene (Guidam Clover), Richard Kerins (Atlantic Roller and My Chocolate Chip), Cormac Rafferty (KMR Benzini ), Martin Hynes (So Elusive), Shane Goggins (Honeylands Claddagh), Thomas O’ Brien (Mini Cruzano), Gerard Clarke (Scoobie is our Man) and Greg Broderick (Arraghbeg Clover).
Andrew Bourns and La De Da
Victory in the six-year-old division went to local rider Thomas O’ Brien riding Sportsfield Eterina, while fellow local rider Andrew Bourns took the honours in the seven-year-old division with La De Da