The titanic battle to see who will be crowned Connollyâ€™s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix showjumping league champion for 2013 took another twist at the weekend, as a double header of action in the Limerick/Clare region, saw the top two on the leader board both taste victory.
Tipperaryâ€™s Seamus Hayes was first out of the blocks with a win at Co Clare show on Saturday before Francis Connors took the winners rosette at Newcastle West a day later.
For Seamus Hayes it has been a hectic seven days, winning at Cork Summer Show with Twister before getting married to fellow Show Jumper Maria Costello three days later. Hayes returned to the Show jumping ring on Saturday for round 10 of the Connollyâ€™s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix league and once again he was in unbeatable form.
From the 22 starters a large group of 16 made it into the jump-off with Seamus Hayes and the incredibly fast â€œTwisterâ€ finishing double clear in a time of 41.47 seconds. In fact all of the top 8 combinations finished fault free including Carolin Huuuva who is based in Co Limerick, she finished an excellent runner up with her own Swedish Warmblood mare Jonnas Corint (42.66).
Unfortunately for his title rivals, Francis Connors once again picked up a large amount of points for finishing third with the Bobby Flynn owned gelding Hyperion (44.01), finishing just ahead of fellow Waterford rider Peter Moloney with Lady Silver (44.71).
Jessica Burke and Vitesse took fifth place just ahead of Cliona Costello and Annestown Clover Concorde in sixth.