Grand Slam winner Pippa Funnell led from start to finish on Billy Beware to take out the CCI*** at the Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair in County Meath at the weekend.
A record number of 21,895 spectators flocked to the event, run in association with Horse Sport Ireland.
A clear jumping round from Sussex-based Funnell, 44, added zero faults to her overnight score of 47.6 on Jonathan and Jane Clark’s Billy Beware.
Australia’s Bill Levett and Improvise claimed the runner-up spot on a total of 52.5, while Funnell with her other mount, Billy Landretti, again went clear on the final phase to come home in third.
Sarah Ennis was the best of the Irish, finishing in fourth place with her own BLM Diamond Delux.
Two other Irish riders finished in the top ten at the Meath venue, with Shane Power and TLB Interactive going clear to take eighth place, while Mark Kyle and Just Otto had one time fault in show jumping to claim ninth position overall.
Australia’s Bill Levett went one place better in the George Mernagh Memorial CIC***when winning the class with his own Silk Stone. Second place went to Great Britain’s Davis Doel riding Koyuna Sun Magic with best of the Irish going to Irish Olympian Mark Kyle riding Coolio in third.
Earlier in the day saw Co. Wexford rider Lucy Latta take first and third spot in the Dunboyne Castle Castle Hotel & Spa CCNP**class with her mounts, Nono in poll position and Opan taking third. In second place was Tipperary’s Donnacha O’Brien with Ice Cool Bailey.
The Dubarry of Ireland sponsored CCIJ* class went to Maria Byrne riding Ballygrangans Dolly ahead of Elizabeth Hayden and Miracle in second with Tintin Belsham and her mount Supreme Watts in third.
First, second and third places in the Connolly’s Red Mills CCI**U25 class went to Great Britain with Dani Evans riding Smart Time winning the class, Millie Dumas and Artistiek in second and Holly Woodhead and DHI Luphison in third.
A clear in the showjumping phase of the Land Rover CCI* class secured victory for Great Britain’s Ruth Edge and Blacklaw Thymelord ahead of previous Tattersalls winner William Fox-Pitt and Henton For Fun. In third place were Laura Collett and OBOS Cooley.
Great Britain’s Kitty King remained on her dressage score from the first phase of the completion to win the Eventing Ireland CCI** riding Permission. Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class finished up in second place with Japan’s Toshiyuki Tanakka and Pretty Darling CD in third.
Just one Irish rider finished in the top ten in this clark, with Aoife Clark sixth on Imperial Trump (47.6). She was followed by New Zealand’s Tim Price on Zibor (7th, 48.3), Andrew Nicholson and Tilikum (8th, 48.5), Australian Paul Tapner and Indian Mill (9th, 48.7) and Kiwi Jonathan Paget and Clifton Cognac (10th, 48.8)