SHOW JUMPING – TWOMEY WINS VALENCIA GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR GRAND PRIX
Ireland’s Billy Twomey won his first ever Global Champions Tour Grand Prix at Valencia, Spain, tonight (Saturday) with a sparkling performance over three rounds on ‘Je t’Aime Flamenco’.
One of just four to achieve a clear in the second round, 34 year-old Twomey was second last to go in the jump-off and took Sue Davies’s bay stallion through a third faultless performance to go into the lead on time.
Last man in, Germany’s former World number one, Ludger Beerbaum, made a valiant attempt to beat Twomey’s jump-off speed, but failed by just under a second, leaving the Irishman to pick up the winner’s 92,000 euro prize pot.
Afterwards, the Cork-born rider said: “The horse was just fantastic, he seemed to go better in each round. I’ve been to a lot of these Global Champions’ Tours, and it’s nice to finally get one in the bag. I’m absolutely delighted.”
Team Ireland Equestrian’s Show Jumping Manager Robert Splaine added: ” This success is further proof of Billy’s ongoing good form. He’s a great man for the big occasion.”
Ireland’s Denis Lynch was the first rider not to lower a fence in the second round of the Grand Prix after many of the world’s top riders failed to go clear, but the Tipperary man picked up a single time fault in the process and finished in fifth overall on ‘Abbervail van het Dingeshof’, with prize money of 16,000 euro.
SHOW JUMPING RESULTS: CSI5* VALENCIA SPAIN MAY 5-8 2011
GRAND PRIX OF SPAIN
Global Champions Tour
International Jumping Competition
Two Rounds Against the Clock with One Jump Off
FEI Art. 273.3.4
Saturday, May 7, 2011
1) Je t’Aime Flamenco; Billy Twomey (IRL) Faults 0.00/0.00/0.00 Time 39.18
2) Gotha FRH; Ludger Beerbaum (GER) Faults 0.00/0.00/0.00 Time 40.04
3) VDL Groep Verdi; Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) Faults 0.00/0.00/0.00 Time 45.99
5) Abbervail van het Dingeshof; Denis LYNCH (IRL) Faults 0.00/1.00 Time 73.05