Clare's McMahon brothers on the mark at home and abroad

Clare brothers Conor and Eoin McMahon scored a win apiece at the weekend, the former in Millstreet, Co Cork, and the latter in Italy.

Clare's McMahon brothers on the mark at home and abroad

Conor took top spot in the Connolly’s Red Mills two-star international grand prix at the Green Glens in Millstreet, where the action was moved indoors due to heavy rain.

The 16-year-old produced a winning round on Kiwi Ludo that saw him best Jordan Coyle on Colour Me Blue by just three hundredths of a second.

In Italy, Conor’s older brother Eoin rode Ivaro vd Brouwershoeve to victory at the three-star show in Arrezo. Also in action in Italy was Damien Dixon, who finished as runner-up in a speed class at San Giovanni in Marignano with Kobold V Schloesslihof.

Anthony Condon finished runner-up in the curtain-closing three-star grand prix at at the Portuguese seaside venue of Vilamoura.

The Waterford native partnered the John Hales-owned stallion Aristio to one of five double clear rounds, but his time saw him give way to Denmark’s Martin Dinesen Neergaard with Woulon L.

At the three-star show in Hardelot, France, Tipperary’s Shane Breen was denied in a 1.45mtr class finishing second with a double clear on Guidam Van Het Achterhoek to Britain’s Laura Renwick aboard Rembrandt Blue.

At the three-star show in Lanaken, Belgium, Greg Broderick and Goodwill VB placed second in a speed class.

As the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida came to a close after 12 weeks, Shane Sweetnam was named as the overall leading rider of the Suncast 1.50mtr Championship Jumper Series. Sweetnam received a one-year lease on a new Land Rover Discovery Sport.

Among his highlights was winning week four’s $35,000 1.50m class aboard The Blue Buckle Group’s Buckle Up.

In total, Sweetnam had five different horses competing in the series throughout the 12-week circuit. Along with Main Road, Buckle Up, and Cyklon 1083, he also had consistent finishes aboard his experienced mount Eregast van’t Kiezelhof, as well as Cobolt, a 10-year-old gelding sired by Cyklon.

Sweetnam also took the Jumper Style Award for Spy Coast Farm’s Cyklon, as the jumper whose style best exemplified a show jumper based on scope, rideability, technique, and competitive spirit.

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