CONCLUDING a successful three months competing in the UAE, Tipperary’s Trevor Breen topped the leader board in the 1.45m CSI2* Grand Prix in Dubai last Sunday.

Riding the 12-year-old bay mare Germaine W, owned by Mandy Hall, Breen was among nine clears in the first round to make it through to the jump-off. Against the clock, just four were clear again, and Breen’s time of 41.73 seconds was fastest of the lot to win and claim just over €8,000.

The UAE’s Mohamed Shafi Mohamed AlRemeithi claimed second place with Caramba in 42.14 seconds, ahead of Salim Khamis Alsuwaidi and Zadora, also for the home nation. David Simpson finished seventh with Cindy R after a fence down against the clock, while Shane Breen and Can Ya Makan were 10th after a time fault in round one.

Breen has competed Germaine W since 2020 and together they have recorded multiple international victories and placings. Speaking after the win, Breen said: “I am so thrilled to have won our final CSI GP out here during our UAE tour for Team Z7. Germaine W has finished this tour so comfortable at Grand Prix level and I’m very excited for our season to start in Europe next month.

“I want to thank Team Z7 for having myself and my horses in UAE. It’s very exciting to have a string of four horses at top Grand Prix level and trips like this really help in that production.”