ph. RTE/Dublin Horse show
Dublin Horse Show’s famous Land Rover Puissance competition was won by flamboyant Colombian rider Daniel Bluman and his grey stallion Clyde, who netted the €11,500 for first place.
The only combination to clear the red wall when it was raised to 2.2 metres, Bluman dropped his reins and extended his arms in a dazzling gesture of victory even before the horse had landed on the green turf of the RDS.
However, Irish riders were strongly represented at the famous competition, and 18 year-old Michael Duffy with SIEC Oberon shared second place with Ger Clarke and Zanzibar V, both riders faulting at the fourth jump-off.
Mark McAuley and Loriot claimed fourth place, with Ger Clarke again featuring, taking fifth place on Jakes Dream. Irish riders also filled the next six places.
In the earlier JLT Dublin Stakes jump-off, Tipperary’s Shane Breen and Balloon took second place to US rider Kent Farrington and Blue Angel, while Clem McMahon took an emotional victory in the Horse Sport Ireland-sponsored “Cruising” National Championship for six-year-old horses.
The Monaghan rider, who lost his 2012 Aga Khan winning team horse Pacino to illness earlier this year, was the popular winner today with Susan Stewart’s Hawkswings.