Chris Burton made his trip across to the Emerald Isle certainly worthwhile, after winning the CIC*** and CCI** as well as taking the runner up spot.
Finishing on his dressage score of 24.5, the Aussie rider set a new world record for the lowest CCI** finishing b score aboard his Sandro Hit ride, Santano III. Not to be outdone by his stable mate, Cooley Lands also posted an immaculate double clear to finish just behind on 38.2. Out of 28 starters, only 7 managed to showjump clear in the torrential rain on Sunday afternoon, however, tremendous efforts had been made with the ground for near perfect going for the cross country on Saturday.
Victors of the Land Rover CCI* were Emma Dougal and Fernhill Tabasco, who rose up the ranks after dressage leaders Emilie Chandler and Cooley Roller Coaster added 8 showjumping penalties after a clear cross country round. Only 2 combinations came to fault over the bold but inviting cross country track, with the time allowed proving to be achievable for most.
The Altech CIC*** also had to battle the elements riding cross country in the torrential rain on Sunday and although the ground generally held up well, 2 fences were moved on the Mike Etherington-Smith track and the time allowed extended by 6 seconds as a reflection of the conditions. Dressage leaders Chris Burton and Nobilis 18 (who posted the only sub 40 score) jumped a double clear with 8 time penalties to comfortably keep the lead ahead of Ireland’s second placed, young rising star, Cathal Daniels and Rioghan Rua. This pair were the only combination to storm round the CIC*** cross country inside the time allowed.
Cathal Daniels clinched the top spot in the Bucas CIC** Young Rider class with Barnaboy Freeman. Clare Abbott and Glenkeeran River won the Eventing Ireland CIC** and Flora Harris won the CIC* riding Cesano H, with Sophie Richards and SRS Adventure taking the top spot in the CIC*YH6yo.
Report by Jodie Stokes
Photographs Courtesy of EquusPix Photography