Swiss Werner Muff won the Dublin Horse Show 2017 Grand Prix, clinching a tight 11-cent lead over Irishman Denis Lynch. Beezie Madden third. (Photo © dublinhorseshow.com)
Swiss rider Werner Muff won the €200,000 Longines International Grand Prix of Ireland, beating 11-hundredths of a second to home rider Denis Lynch.
With 39 pair the regular round of the Grand Prix on course designed by Tom Holden, a total of 9 riders returned to the tiebreaker led by Werner Muff and his 9-year-old gelding Daimler (Canturano x Lupicor) owned by Marlis Mühlebach, completing his tour in 37.06 seconds to secure 130 World Ranking Points.
The second place held by Denis Lynch, cut off the possibility that an Irish rider again took the highest honors, getting a time of 37.17 seconds with the 13-year-old stallion RMF Echo (Virus de Laubry x Feo).
The delegation of the Pan American Ranking was headed by four-time US Olympic medalist Beezie Madden alongside 9-year-old gelding Coach (Con Air x Corofino I) owned by Abigail Wexner, also being very close to the first place in 37.25 seconds behind Denis Lynch and also American Lauren Hough, takes fourth place with 13-year-old mare Ohlala (Orlando x Cardento) in 37.61 seconds.
Top five was completed by Olympic gold medalist Steve Guerdat of Switzerland with a time of 37.79 seconds next to the 10-year-old mare Hannah (Dulf van den Bisschop x Kashmir van Schuttershof).
For the Latino Ranking Federico Fernandez from Mexico completed a 5-foul run with 15-year-old gelding Landpeter Do Feroleto (Landritter x Wangmix) in 83.61 seconds culminating in the 24th place and Yuri Mansur of Brazil, accompanied by the 13-year-old mare Unita ASK (Corrado I x Caretino) totaled 9 fouls in 27th place.