In a very successful weekend for Irish show jumping, Billy Twomey further boosted Ireland’s chances of securing two individual slots at this year’s Olympic Games in London with a fourth place in yesterday’s World Cup Qualifier at Leipzig in Germany aboard Sue Davies’s mare Tinka’s Serenade.
The last published Olympic rankings, which took account of results up to December 31st 2011, saw Twomey in the third of Europe’s three qualifying slots with Ireland’s Denis Lynch leading the rankings.
However, following his fourth place in last week’s Grand Prix in Basel, Switzerland, his second place in the ranking class in Leipzig on Friday and today’s Grand Prix result, Twomey has now moved to the top of the unconfirmed European Olympic rankings. Denis Lynch is still in the second of Europe’s qualifying slots with the cut-off date of March 1st just over one month away.
Both riders and their main rivals for the available slots move on to the World Cup show in Zurich next weekend.
Cork-born Twomey collected 15,000 euro for his fourth place yesterday , with the winner’s purse of 37,500 euro going to Germany’s Christian Ahlmann and Taloubet Z, who were the fastest of the five double clear rounds at Leipzig.
Nottinghamshire-based Twomey also moved up 20 places to 19th in the World Cup rankings after his fourth place finish, with Sweden’s Rolf-Goran Bengtsson top of the leaderboard, and Ireland’s Denis Lynch in second.
Meanwhile in Wellington, Florida, Saturday’s two-star Grand Prix saw Richard Bourns take fifth place with the Irish-bred Roundthorn Madios, Cian O’Connor taking seventh on Everything and Darragh Kenny on Wannhave placing eighth. The Grand Prix was won by Britain’s Scott Brash with Intertoy Z.
All in all, a great weekend for Irish riders since Jessica Kurten took the main award at the prestigious “Jumping Amsterdam” event in the Netherlands.