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Nine Irish riders among world’s top 100 showjumpers

Conor Swail and Game Ready speed to victory in the Grand Prix de Penn National.

Conor Swail and Game Ready speed to victory in the Grand Prix de Penn National last October. © AlCookPhoto.com

Ireland’s showjumpers have made an impression on the world in the past month, with nine riders in the top 100 of the official Longines World Show Jumping Rankings for March.

Richie Moloney and Slieveanorra

Richie Moloney and Slieveanorra in their second place finish at the weekend’s Florida’s $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI 5*. © Sportfot

Conor Swail is rated the highest at 28, followed by Denis Lynch in 31st, with Shane Breen at 35.

Cameron Hanley has increased his points to move up two places to No. 51, while Olympic Bronze Medalist Cian O’Connor shares 60th place with Wexford teenager Bertram Allen, who has improved by an encouraging seven places in the table since last month.

Shane Sweetnam drops to 72nd place overall while Billy Twomey continues his return to form by jumping two places to 85th since the last published ranking.

Richie Moloney, who finished second in the $500,000 Grand Prix in Florida last Sunday, now appears in the top 100 in 92nd place.

Dermott Lennon hovers just outside the top rank at 105th, a remarkable improvement of 27 places since last month.

The Longines World Show Jumping rankings measure the performances of over 2000 international riders each month, and the current leader is Britain’s Scott Brash, with fellow-Briton Ben Maher in second place.

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