Ireland’s pony team were victorious in the Dutch Nations’ Cup at Wierden in the Netherlands on Thursday, romping home with two fences in hand to beat challengers Belgium.
With eight nations competing on a strong technical course, the German and Swedish teams did not qualify for the second round, but Ireland sailed through on just four faults.
With Bertram Allen and ‘Acapella Z’ delivering a clear second round, followed by another zero score from Tom Foley with ‘Crown Jewel’, clear first-rounders Max O’Reilly Hyland and ‘Rock Dee Jay’ had a single mistake, to give Ireland a two-round total of just eight faults.
Emma O’Dwyer and the Irish-bred gelding ‘Jacknell Street’, who had jumped clear first time out, did not need to jum again to ensure the Irish victory.
This was Ireland’s second consecutive team win at Wierden, having also claimed the Pony Nations’ Cup in 2010.
SHOW JUMPING RESULTS: CSIOP/J/Y WIERDEN NETHERLANDS JUNE 2-5 2011
PONY NATIONS’ CUP
International Jumping Competition
FEI Art. 264, 1m30
Thursday, June 2, 2011
1) IRELAND 8 faults
BERTRAM ALLEN/ACAPELLA Z 8/0
TOM FOLEY/CROWN JEWEL 4/0
MAX O’REILLY HYLAND/ROCK DEE JAY 0/4
EMMA O’DWYER/JACKNELL STREET (ISH) 0/- (did not have to jump
2) Belgium 16 faults
=3)Switzerland and the Netherlands 20 faults
5) Denmark 45 faults
6) Italy 56 faults