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Billy Twomey and Felix Hassmann with one win each at Liverpool International Horse Show

Sunday, 01 January 2017
CSI4* Liverpool 2016/2017

Billy Twomey Billy Twomey celebrating his New Year's Eve victory at Liverpool International Horse Show. Photo provided by Liverpool International Horse Show.

Germany's Felix Hassmann held his nerve to take Saturday night's feature class, but it was a close-run thing as he finished just six hundredths of a second ahead of Chloe Aston and Janika Sprunger, who were equal second.

Felix, riding Cayenne Wz (Claudio x Ramirado), posted a time of 63.90 seconds, which was bettered by only one rider - Britain's Guy Williams - but he had to settle for seventh as a late pole down aboard Titus (Lancelot x Rex Magna) relegated him to seventh.

Chloe and Janika - riding Kolibri Classic (Kolibri x For Joy) and Aris Cms (Bmc Nassau x Amethist), respectively - finished on 63.99, with 61-year-old British Olympian John Whitaker taking fourth on his Rio ride Ornellaia (For Pleasure x Calato), albeit more than two seconds adrift.

Irish star Billy Twomey wasted little time returning to winning ways as he shone on day one of the Liverpool International Horse Show.

Billy, last year's Liverpool Grand Prix champion, took Saturday's four-star 1.45 jump-off class, sponsored by Horseware Ireland, after a brilliant display on the stallion Ardcolum Duke (Gypsy Duke x Clover Hill). "I am delighted with the win," Billy said. "The horse jumped amazingly in what was a really fast class. This show holds very fond memories for me, and it is nice to get off to a winning start. He is an amazing horse, very consistent wherever he competes. I really chanced it at the last fence, and he jumped it well. Credit to him, as much as anything,” Billy added.

Their time of 30.64 seconds eclipsed the effort of Italy's Emanuele Guadiano, who was first to go in a 12-horse jump off and set a testing challenge at the Echo Arena, but one of Ireland's top riders prevailed to land the £7,000 top prize, with another Irishman - Shane Breen - third, while Britain's Laura Renwick took fourth place on her 42nd birthday.


Text and photo: Press release from Liverpool International Horse Show

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