The opening World Cup Grand Prix of the 2020 season was won by Foran Equine rider Shane Breen, as he claimed a superb victory in Saturday’s four-star Longines FEI World Cup at Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
Ten of the 35 starters made it through to the jump-off, where Breen and the 12-year-old stallion Ipswich van de Wolfsakker were the fastest of just three double clear rounds to take the winners prize of just over €24,000.
Breen finished just over half a second ahead of Austrian runner-up Gerfried Puck, while third place on the podium went to Syria’s Osama Al Zabibi. Kilkenny’s Jack Ryan was also among those who jumped clear in the first round and recorded an excellent fifth place finish with Essenar High Hopes with the second-fastest four fault score of the jump-off.
Shane Breen is one of seven Irish riders who are inside the world’s top 50 after the latest Longines World Jumping rankings were announced on Friday.