h. Jumping Mechelen
Ireland’s Denis Lynch won a sleek Christmas gift for himself at Jumping Mechelen on Sunday, December 28th, driving away with a new Land Rover as top prize in the Land Rover Masters CSI5*-W.
This post-Christmas show held in Mechelen, Belgium features two very busy arenas, and amid vaulting, young horse and amateur classes, a strong lineup and CSI5* international riders are competing for World Cup points –and in some classes such as this feature– bragging rights.
Lynch headed an order of ten that was made up of the top five Belgian riders, and top five riders from other countries. Each rider chose a jump to be raised before they jumped their round, and one rail down meant instant elimination. Lynch held on through four jumpoff rounds, going clear each time with Songe de Toscane (Indoctro x Quick Star), a nine-year-old Selle Francis stallion that is a fairly new addition to Lynch’s stable.
“I have come to Mechelen for many years, but this is the first time I won a car,” Lynch said. “Even though Songe is only nine, we have done our best, and if you can win a car, I go for it. I am very pleased with his performance, I have ridden him for very long, and this is just about the toughest test he has had.”
See full results of the Land Rover Masters here.