Teenager Chris Megahey hits the heights in Liverpool's Puissance
Ireland dominated the Equitop Myoplast Puissance at Liverpool International Horse Show with three in the top four. Just two made it to the fifth and final round, with youngest in the class Chris Megahey, 18, the sole rider to clear the wall at 2.10m (6ft 11in) with his Olympia winner Seapatrick Cruise Cavalier.
Only two reached the fnal round with Chris going head-to-head with last year's winner, fellow Irishman Peter Smyth and Cavalier Rusticana.
Chris had encountered a bit of an anxious moment in the round before, but he found the perfect stride in the final round, and the Cruise On/Cavalier Royale gelding gave the imposing wall some air to win outright.
“He’s not a normal horse, he’s very special.
He’s been in the family for six years since an eight-year-old, and we’ve never quite found what do with him. He evented for a while then I jumped him and we sort of fell into Puissance classes, but since we started, he’s been a star,” said Chris.
“I love the Puissance. I get nervous because I don’t know what he can do, but as long as I get him to the right spot, he’ll always try his best.”
Peter on another Irish-bred Cavalier Rusticana (Try-Time/Cavalier Royale) tried hard, but a slight hesitation on take-off saw the wall come crashing down.
Holly Smith was looking to maintain her 100% winning record on Quality Old Joker made it to round four but then the Obos Quality gelding returned four faults to share third with British-based Irishman David Simpson and Polystar.
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