Pall cast over eventing with death of two riders

A pall was cast over the sport of eventing at the weekend with the deaths of two riders while competing.

At world-famous Luhmühlen in Germany, Benjamin Winter of the host nation died from head injuries suffered in a rotational fall. The 25-year-old had completed a clear on his first ride Wild Thing, before falling from Ispo at a table fence. At Nunney International Horse Trials in Somerset, England, Jordan McDonald, a 30-year-old Canadian based in Leicestershire, was killed while competing in a novice section on Only Me, a seven-year-old gelding,.

The German fixture went ahead at the request of Winter’s family, with New Zealander Tim Price (Wesko) dedicating his win to the deceased.

Irish riders Melanie Ashe (Rathmolyon Flight) and Jonty Evans (Double Dutch V) both retired on the cross-country.

In show jumping, Ireland claimed the nations cup at Calgary, Canada, for the second year in a row, beating six teams from the hosts, the US and Mexico.

A superb performance saw the team rack up a mere three time faults, one each for Shane Sweetnam (Eregast Van’T Kiezelhof, 1/0), Richie Moloney (Slieveanorra, 1/0), and Darragh Kenny (Sans Soucis Z, 0/1). Conor Swail had an uncharacteristic eight faults on Lansdowne and was not required to jump a second round.

At Galway County Show, Peter Smyth won the Horseware/TRM Grand Prix League contest on Corrib House.

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