The Irish show jumping team of Daniel Coyle (Legacy), Alexander Butler (Athene), Eoin McMahon (Chakra 9) and Paul O’Shea (Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu), managed by Michael Blake, took third place in Sunday’s (20 June) Longines FEI Nations Cup of Poland in Sopot.
At the halfway stage, Ireland were in joint first place with Germany, Belgium and Norway on a score of zero. Three clear rounds were posted by Derry’s Coyle, Meath’s Butler and Limerick’s O’Shea. Co Clare’s McMahon had a single fence down to be the discount score.
The second round saw Coyle and Legacy pick up eight faults, while Butler retired midway through his round after picking up 12 faults early on.
With the pressure on, Eoin McMahon produced a stunning clear round with the Madeleine Winter-Schulze-owned Chakra 9.
Ireland’s anchor rider, Paul O’Shea had an unfortunate eight faults with Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu meaning Ireland finished on a final score of 16 faults after two rounds.
Germany finished on zero to take first place on the podium, while Belgium finished in second place on four faults.
Norway and Britain finished on the same score as Ireland, with Michael Blake’s team taking third place thanks to their faster combined times.