The American riders were on fire in the two biggest classes at Dublin Horse Show on Thursday, as Kent Farrington won the 1.50/1.60 competition against the clock and Jessica Springsteen the 1.50 winning round class. It all started with Farrington who aboard Blue Angel (Luidam x Ascendant) was in a class of his own in the Serpentine Speed Stakes sponsored by TRI Equestrian, and left forty other riders behind him as he a little over half way in the competition set the target time at 64.93 seconds.
With his round, the US rider pushed Ireland's Bertram Allen down to second on Romanov (Heartbreaker x Fedor) after he a few riders earlier had taken the lead when stopping the clock at 67.10 seconds. Coming in towards the end, home rider Connor Swail tried his best to catch up with Farrington – but had to settle for second on Landsdowne (Guidam x Wolfgang) after producing a time of 66.35 seconds but nevertheless securing two Irish riders in the top three.
The Anglesea Stakes sponsored by The Ballsbridge Hotel saw Jessica Springsteen saving the best for last, as she as the final rider in the winning round swept all competition aside on her relatively new ride Davendy S (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Pachat II) – which the US rider does her second international show on this week. Springsteen was 0.70 seconds faster than Ben Maher, who took an early lead in the class on Aristo Z (Andiamo x Flamenco de Semilly) – after notching up a single time penalty in the first round but still making it to the second as one of ten riders. Third went to Brazil's Marlon Zanotelli and Extra van Essene (Diamant de Semilly x Gotthardsen) – who like Jessica was clear in both of the rounds, but almost a second behind the winning time.
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