Belfast Show Kicks Off With Dead Heat
a great deal more excitement to come, the Belfast International
Horse Show kicked off tonight (Thursday) with a dead heat for first
place in the opening class between British ace Robert Smith and
Germany's Lars Nieberg, currently ranked fourth in the world.
a star-studded field of 30 riders and horses, Smith and Nieberg
tied for the top spot on an equal time of 48.84 seconds in Belfast's
showpiece Odyssey arena, but Irish names were well represented in
the final placings.
army rider, Lt. David O'Brien was just fractions of a second behind
the leaders, riding the Irish sport horse <Boherdeal Clover>,
while Jessica Kurten, making a rare competition visit to the county
of her birth, brought the seven yr-old bay gelding <Laurus>
Twomey finished sixth with <Winnie Jackson>.
an earlier <non-performance> warm-up class this afternoon,
Cian O'Connor was best of the Irish, taking a fourth place on the
10 yr-old bay mare <Calanda>, with Billy Twomey coming home
in fifth with <Saffier>.
Belfast show runs until Sunday, finishing with the Envirocare Grand
JUMPING RESULTS: CSI***** BELFAST NORTHERN IRELAND 27-30 NOVEMBER
SURFACES WELCOME STAKES
International Jumping Competition
Table A direct on time 1.45m
FEI Art. 238.2.1
Thursday 27th November 2003
KALUSHA ; Robert SMITH (GBR) Faults 0.00 Time 48.84
=1) ADLANTUS AS FRH; Lars NIEBERG (GER) Faults 0.00 Time 48.84
3) BOHERDEAL CLOVER; Lt David O'BRIEN (IRL) Faults 0.00 Time 49.31
4) LAURUS; Jessica KURTEN (IRL) Faults 0.00 Time 50.65
WINNIE JACKSON; Billy TWOMEY (IRL) Faults 0.00 Time 52.01