Romp Home In Finnish Nations Cup
HAS NOW won two Nations Cups back-to-back, with victory in the Finnish
Nations Cup today (Sunday) following the Super League win at St.
Gallen on June 1.
starting as favourites after two days of competition at the Nations
Cup venue of Hamina, Finland, the Irish squad had everything to
prove upon their arrival last Thursday.
squad member Conor Swail out of action due to a serious cholic problem
with his horse, and individual rider Cian O'Connor drafted in as
last-minute team replacement on a horse untried at Nations Cup level,
the team had the added unknown quantity of Clones-born rider Clem
McMahon making his Nations Cup debut.
today (Sunday) the Irish team, under Chef d'Equipe Lt. Col. Gerry
Mullins, rounded off a weekend of superb riding with an outright
victory in the Samsung Nations Cup of Finland.
several class victories already behind them, including Nations Cup
rookie Clem McMahon's superb Grand Prix win yesterday (Saturday),
the Irish led at the halfway mark, with clears from Lt. Shane Carey
on <Killossery>, Cian O'Connor on the Nations Cup debutante
<Calanda>, and McMahon on <Gelvin Clover>. Capt. Gerry
Flynn had five faults and was the first-round discard score.
and O'Connor finished the second round on clears, while McMahon
had one fence down, giving the Irish a total of four faults. Carey
and O'Connor's double clears were two of only three achieved in
the whole competition. Flynn did not jump in the second round.
McMahon was also awarded the Leading Rider Trophy for the Hamina
JUMPING RESULTS: CSIO**** HAMINA FINLAND 13-15 JUNE 2003
IRELAND 4 Faults
Lt. Shane Carey; Killossery 0/0
Cian O'Connor; Calanda 0/0
Capt. Gerry Flynn; Bornacoola 5/-
Clement McMahon; Gelvin Clover 0/4
FINLAND 19 Faults
3) GERMANY 28 Faults
4) DENMARK 31 Faults
=5) SWITZERLAND 33 Faults
=5) SWEDEN 33 Faults
7) NORWAY 53 Faults
8) RUSSIA 79 Faults