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Billy Twomey hits it big time in the Rolex IJRC Top 10 final

Friday, 02 December 2011

The top three in Paris; Billy, Eric and Ludger. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.Billy Twomey won the Rolex IJRC Top 10 final on Tinka’s Serenade at the Gucci Masters tonight. Only two riders stayed double clear; Billy on Tinka’s Serenade (Tinka’s Boy x African Drum) and world number one Eric Lamaze on Coriana van Klapscheut (Darco x Heartbreaker). The world’s best ten riders rode two rounds; the second was shortened and against the clock. Billy rode a great clear in the first round – having no trouble with the 12 fence track. Billy’s team mate Denis Lynch followed up the Irish success on Abberuail van het Dingeshof (Nonstop x Jus de Pommes) producing another clear. Kevin Staut joined Beezie Madden on twelve faults, while Simon Delestre had one down as second to go.


Eric & Coriana were deserved runner-ups!


Edwina Tops-Alexander rode a brilliant round on the nine year old Vleut (Quick Star x Cantus) which suits her like a hand in a glove! Pius had one down, while Ludger produced a clear on Gotha FRH (Goldfever x Prestige Pilot) although a bit lucky as a couple of poles were hit along the way. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson proved there is no coincidence in him being the European Champion and rode a fantastic clear on a bouncy Ninja La Silla (Guidam x Lys de Darmen).

Eric Lamaze definitely deserved riding a clear on Coriana. And so he did. The round was amazing; the nine year old mare was quick and super careful, and Eric determined as always. It was only right that he was clear.

Ludger and Gotha; third. The second round saw Kevin having four down, Beezie was clear – “My horse was much better in the second round,” the American rider said. Pius also saw a pole hit the ground, while Simon Delestre had two down. Edwina was unlucky to have a stop at the vertical a little over midway in the shortened course following a tight turn, and afterwards she said “I’ve never really gone fast on him before, and I think I surprised him a little bit.”

Eric Lamaze was clear again, and the super quick Coriana really raised to the occasion – warming many hearts. The time was as good as 48.25, and Eric went into the lead. “I’m very happy with Coriana,” Eric said. Ludger came really close to the oxer at seven, and then turned very tight and not at all straight to the next vertical – and as a consequence taking it down with him stating afterwards that he ‘messed it up’.

The winners: Billy on Tinka's Serenade. Denis had three down, while Billy stayed clear yet again. Billy’s turn on Tinka to the third last vertical was so tight it seemed impossible, but the chestnut mare jumped what she had and left the fence intact – leaving the two at an amazing 48.03 which was 0.22 seconds faster than Eric’s time.

Rolf had an unlucky round. He waited a little while to get to ride, and just ahead of the second fence the loudspeaker made strange sounds, and Ninja La Silla reacted – having the fence down. Another one went down as well leaving him at eight faults. Billy was the winner, and very very happy about that.

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