GALWAY’S Sven Hadley, one of two Irish riders at the show in Metz, France, won the two star Grand Prix on Sunday with the bay mare Adelgonde Z, beating 13 others in the jump off for the first prize.
The 17 year-old, who also won France’s Barbizon Grand Prix with the mare in March, notched up a previous win at Metz on Friday in the 1m45 jump off competition.
Fellow Irish rider Kelly O’Connor later took a seventh place in the one-star Grand Prix at Metz with Ananda.
Other senior Irish showjumpers came tantalisingly close to Grand Prix victory on Sunday evening. In Drammen, Norway, Limerick’s Shane Carey placed third in the Grand Prix on Ballymore Eustace, with Capt. Michael Kelly and Ringwood Abbey in seventh.
At the three star show in Comporta, Portugal, Kilkenny’s Marion Hughes and the Irish Sport Horse Heritage HHS Fortuna were forced into second place by a single mistake, conceding victory to Italy’s Juan Carlos Garcia.