IRISH show jumpers stamped their mark all over the four-star Hampton Classic
in the US this weekend, culminating in a 62,000 euro win by Tipperary’s
Kevin Babington in the World Cup Grand Prix this evening (Sunday).
Babington, riding the nine year-old mare Shorapur, showed a clean pair of
heels to the USA’s Brianne Goutal and Nice de Prissey, the only other
combination to go clear in the four horse jump-off.
Third place in the Grand Prix went to Kilkenny’s Richie Moloney and
Freestyle de Muze, who had one fence down in the final round.
Meanwhile Offaly’s Darragh Kenny and Picolo walked away with Saturday’s
Longines Cup, accompanied by Babington and the Irish Sport Horse Mark Q in
fourth place and Limerick’s Paul O’Shea in fifth aboard Skara Glen’s Sienna.
Richie Moloney also took sixth place with Carrabis Z, which helped him win
the show’s 30,000 US dollar Longines Rider Challenge Final on 300 points.
Darragh Kenny was second in the table on 200 points.
Moloney also took fourth place in Friday’s Grand Prix Qualifier with a
double clear round on Freestyle de Muze, just ahead of Cork’s Shane Sweetnam
and Venturo 9 in fifth, and just behind Tyrone’s Ronan McGuigan and Capall
Zidane in third. The Qualifier was won by the USA’s Molly Ashe-Cawley and