Shane Breen posts a great double clear in the La Baule Nations Cup for Ireland

Shane Breen upheld the Irish honour with a great double clear on Golden Hawk in the Longines FEI Nations Cup of La Baule, helping his country take third place.

Host country France claimed the win in a tense jump-off with Sweden. Kevin Staut on Reveur De Hurtebise HDC and Penelope Leprevost with Flora De Mariposa both provided double clears, but an uncharacteristic elimimation from Roger Yves Bost and Sangria Du Coty was the drop score in round one, and Cedric Angot’s four faults on Saxo De La Cour came into play.

Sweden led at the halfway stage on a zero score, but round two saw them finish on eight, British-based Angelie von Essen jumping for five and four with Newton Abbot.

And as Roger didn’t start in round two for France, Cedric again returned four faults to join Kevin and Penelope’s clears for France to also finish on eight after two rounds. Kevin, however, kept the win in his home country with a speedy jump-off round, 2.28 sec in front of Sweden’s Peder Fredricson and H&M Christian K.

Ireland took third on a total of 14, six from round one and eight in round two and four faults ahead of Switzerland on 18. Shane’s super double clear on the Vigo D’Arsouilles 12-year-old Golden Hawk contributing enormously, and fellow British-based Irishman Michael Duffy jumped for one and four faults with Alan Burnell’s Berlin 11-year-old Belcanto Z. Pathfinder Denis Lynch and All Star 5 posted five and four and anchor Shane Sweetnam returned on five and five with Chaqui Z.

One time fault in the first phase – although clear in the second – dropped Millie Allen and the Cartani 12-year-old Cochella to seventh in the 1.45m two-phase. The class was dominated by the French taking the top four places, Titziana Verrecchia winning on Medena.

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