THE Northern Region duo of Killyleagh Olympian Joseph Murphy and Newcastle’s Alex O’Hare won the Furey Consulting Engineers Pro Am Challenge at last weekend’s Horse Sport Ireland/Eventing Ireland national championships at Lisgarvan House.

The competition was based on the combined results of the senior riders in the EI110 and by the pony riders in the EI100 (P) championship.

Murphy got the pair off to a good start when finishing second in the EI110 on his own six-year-old Orestus mare My Foxhall Kit before O’Hare secured victory when winning the EI100 (P) on her mother Donna’s 12-year-old British-bred mare Greylands Diamond Girl.

Nicky Roncoroni (third on Henry Higgins) and the home-based Kate Corrigan (runner-up on Fontane Silver Fox) finished second in this pairs’ competition ahead of Sarah Ennis (the EI110 winner on OnceUpATime) and Caitlin Woods (sixth with Molly XX).