Vilamoura, Portugal – January 28, 2022 – Michael Pender (IRL) was back to his winning ways at the VillaMoura Equestrian Centre on Thursday. The Irishman rode HHS Catwalk to victory in the €25,500 Speed Challenge CSI 3* during the VillaMoura Atlantic Tour.
The Irishman and the 2012 chestnut Irish Sport Horse mare (Cit Cat x Clover Echo) blazed through the course of the 1.45m challenge, overcoming all the obstacles before crossing the finish line in 60.35 seconds.
Ireland and Great Britain battled for the two top spots on the podium. Laura Renwick (GBR) and MHS High Hopes (Quidam Junior x Cavalier Royale) gave the eventual winners a run for their money, earning silver honors in 60.57 seconds.
Victor Bettendorf (LUX) and Atomic de La Roque (Kannan x Adelfos) completed the podium with no penalties too, being timed at 61.04 seconds.
Final Results – €25,500 Speed Challenge CSI 3*
1) Michael Pender (IRL) & HHS Catwalk – 0 /60.35
2) Laura Renwick (GBR) & MHS High Hopes – 0 / 60.57
3) Victor Bettendorf (LUX) & Atomic de La Roque – 0 / 61.04
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Photo: © VillaMoura Equestrian Centre