The Irish rider Shane Breen commanded the Irish dominion in the €25,200 Sport Ireland Classic, being escorted by Bertram Allen and Anthony Condon. (Photo © Tony Parker)
The first FEI event of the CSIO5* Dublin took full ownership of the home riders finishing one-two-three, led by Shane Breen.
The class that had two rounds on course designed by Irishman Tom Holden, world number 110 Shane Breen completed his tour in 41.83 seconds with the 9-year-old Ipswich van de Wolfsakker (Carembar De Muze x Quick Star) to get 50 World Ranking Points in what was a clear dominion by the Irish.
For second place the world number 17 Bertram Allen finished 9 hundredths of a second up, appearing with 9-year-old gelding Izzy by Picobello (Cicero Z x Capriano) and third place was Anthony Condon accompanied by the 11-year-old gelding Balzac (Oklund x Frisbee Kerellec) recorded a time of 42.13 seconds.
The fourth and fifth place were finished by Frenchman Olivier Robert with the 13-year-old gelding Eros (Querlybet Hero x Forever) in 42.56 seconds and fifth place the Italian rider Bruno Chimirri with the 10-year-old stallion Tower Mouche (Diamant de Semilly x Bleu Blanc Rouge II) in 42.86 seconds.
For the Pan American Ranking the four-time US Olympic medalist Beezie Madden finished 14th with the 9-year-old gelding Coach (Con Air x Corofino I) totaling 8 fouls in 45.72 seconds, while not returning to the second round and tied in the 17th place also the American Lillie Keenan and Laura Kraut.
For the Latino Ranking the Brazilian rider Yuri Mansur ranked 19th with the 13-year-old mare Unita ASK (Corrado I x Caretino), who without completing his first clear round, his time of 79.16 seconds left him without chance to return. For his part, the Mexican rider Federico Fernandez registered a field of 4 fouls in 79.08 seconds with 15-year-old gelding Landpeter Do Feroleto (Landritter x Wangmix), finished in the 35th place and his country man Patricio Pasquel with the 13-year-old gelding Careyes (Converter x Landgold) finished in 49th place with 8 fouls.
The best seed and world number 2 McLain Ward of the United States, totaled 4 faults in the first round with the 11-year-old mare HHH Azur (Thunder vd Zuuthoeve x Sir Lui vd Zuuthoeve), being ranked 44th.