Lynch on comeback trail

SHOW jumper Denis Lynch has made progress in resolving his difference with Irish show jumping team manager Robert Splaine and Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) following a meeting on Monday.

In a statement issued yesterday, HSI said it and Lynch were “pleased to confirm that progress was made on all the issues raised and it is hoped that matters will be fully resolved shortly”.

In January, Lynch said he was withdrawing from the Irish squad this year, citing irreconcilable differences with Splaine.

However, he kept the door open to reaching a settlement, saying he would not rule out riding for Ireland again, even as it emerged he had made enquiries about competing for Germany, where he has lived for the last 16 years.

Lynch was in Longford yesterday where he presented a cheque for €100,000 to the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) to assist the charity in tackling what it describes as Ireland’s horse welfare crisis.

The Tipperary rider has been collecting the money across Europe since setting up a fund earlier this year.

He refused to comment on Monday’s meeting with Splaine, saying his focus now was on trying to qualify for the World Cup final in April and the first round of the lucrative Global Champions Tour in Doha later this month.

He also said his fundraising efforts would continue.

“I am also planning to collect money for the ISPCA at all the Global Champions Tour competitions.

“The final is in the second week of November and, when that is concluded, I will present what I have collected to the society.

“I’m delighted that GCT organiser Jan Tops is supporting me with this worthy cause.”

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