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Brilliant win for Irishman Paul Kennedy at Bolesworth International

Friday, 15 June 2018
CSI4* Bolesworth International 2018

Photo (c) CSI Bolesworth International Paul Kennedy and Cartown Danger Mouse on their way to victory. Photo (c) CSI Bolesworth International.

Irishman Paul Kennedy hailed the "amazing" Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show after claiming a brilliant win in Friday's four-star feature class.

Paul, who finished third in last year's Bolesworth Grand Prix with his home-bred Cartown Danger Mouse (Harlequin du Carel x breeding unknown), returned to the show's International Arena and once again delivered an outstanding performance.

The 1.50-metre competition, sponsored by Watts Commercial Finance, delivered a thrilling jump-off that Paul clinched by just six hundredths of a second from his fellow Irishman and Nations Cup rider Shane Breen.

A testing jump-off track challenged all combinations chasing the £7,100 top prize, and Paul did just enough to hold off Shane and Vendi Cruz (Ars Vivendi x Cruising). American rider Michael Hughes took third on Zerlin M (Caspar x Concorde), while Sweden's Jonna Ekberg was fourth with Univers du Vinnebus (Luccianno x Grenat de Grez).

Reflecting on his winning round, Paul said: "I watched Michael Hughes go, and he had a fantastic round, and I sort of knew I had to do everything to beat that."

"The only place I thought I could be quicker was to the last fence. I chanced seven strides, and it came off."

"It's a great class to win and a fantastic show to ride at. I am very thankful to Nina Barbour and the team here for putting on this amazing event, and to win here is special because it is almost a local show for me, being based just down the road."

"Cartown Danger Mouse is a home-bred horse and has been a great servant. She is a real battler and trier. She just loves her job."


Source: Press release and picture © Bolesworth International 

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