THE first of the new The Underwriting Exchange Limited Jumping In The City series, which will be held in three venues during June, drew a capacity crowd to Limerick Greyhound Stadium this evening (Friday).
Spectators watched show jumping in three different competitions, starting with the West Wood Ifor Williams Amateur Speed Class, which was won by Aileen McDermott from Co Westmeath riding the Irish Sport Horse Kilcor Amber.
Deane Rogan from Co Sligo with Falco Van Spieveld was triumphant in the next competition, The Underwriting Exchange Limited Grand Prix, while the much-anticipated Devenish Puissance saw Liam O'Meara and Cisero the only competitor to clear the wall at its final height of two metres.
The series moves on to Cork next Friday (June 12th), where Olympic Bronze medallist Cian O’Connor and Cork’s own Billy Twomey have been confirmed as entries. Twomey will ride his 17-year-old mare Tinka’s Serenade, with whom he competed at the London 2012 Olympic Games. It is believed that Twomey also intends to tackle the Puissance on the night.
O’Connor will ride Quidam’s Cherie, the 10-year-old mare on whom he has jumped several Nations' Cups for Ireland.
Also joining the start list will be Tipperary’s Greg Broderick, fresh from his Nations' Cup double clear at St Gallen. They will join former world champion Dermott Lennon and the Irish Sport Horse Loughview Lou Lou in the star-studded line-up.
The final of The Underwriting Exchange Limited Jumping In The City series is due to take place at Shelbourne Park stadium in Dublin on June 26th.