Aghalee, Northern Ireland – September 06, 2020 – Kevin Gallagher (IRL) and Ballypatrick Flamenco were victorious in Sunday’s 2020 Horse Sport Ireland Premier Series Final Grand Prix at Portmore Equestrian Centre in Northern Ireland.
A nail-biting finish saw Kevin Gallagher (IRL) and The Irish Sport Horse Ballypatrick Flamenco win the HSI Premier Series Grand Prix at Portmore with one of just two double clear rounds. Nine combinations went through to the jump-off and Gallagher took the lead when second last to go with Ballypatrick Flamenco who was bred by Dr Noel Cawley and is owned by Greg Broderick.
Kenneth Graham (IRL) put in a great effort when last to go with George and their clear round would see them finish as runners-up while Anthony O’Regan (IRL) and Feedback finished third with two time faults in the first round followed by a clear against the clock.
Kevin Gallagher (IRL) and Ballypatrick Flamenco‘s win in the Grand Prix at Portmore saw them finish as league runners-up while Ger O’Neill (IRL) and MHS High Hopes took third place overall.
Speaking after the competition, Horse Sport Ireland CEO Ronan Murphy said:
“On behalf of Horse Sport Ireland, I want to congratulate Capt Geoff Curran on being crowned 2020 Irish National Champion and overall HSI Premier Series winner and also congratulate all of the winners we had during the series. We are delighted with how the Series was supported by our top riders, owners and breeders since it started following the resumption of equestrian competitions in July and we were rewarded with fantastic competitions. The Premier Series is the pinnacle of National Show Jumping in Ireland and Horse Sport Ireland were delighted to give our support once again this year.”
Source: Press release by Brian Hennessy for Horse Sport Ireland
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