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Denis Lynch and RMF Echo Take Top Class Longines Win in Lexington

Photo: Denis Lynch and RMF Echo. (FEI/Ashley Neuhof)

Six months ago, Denis Lynch (IRL) almost lost his ride on RMF Echo. But in Lexington, the Irish show jumper and the 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding clinched top place at the $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington (USA) at the Kentucky Horse Park’s National Horse Show.

In May, RMF Echo was about to be sold out of Lynch’s stables, but owners Monica and Frank McCourt of Rushy Marsh Farm stepped up to purchase the chestnut so that he could stay with Lynch. That proved a worthwhile decision when the duo prevailed over a world-class field which included three of the top 25 riders on the Longines World Rankings.

“The horse ended up in our stable this winter, and I was actually short a horse,” Lynch recalled. “Then, I started jumping him in some shows at the beginning of the year, and he started progressing to a better horse. He was sold after [CSI 5* Versailles (FRA)], and I was very, very lucky that Rushy Marsh stepped in overnight and secured me the horse, which I’m incredibly grateful for. It was incredible. I’m very, very lucky to have him.”

“Echo’s been unlucky a few times this year, when he’s been beaten at the post. He really deserved this win tonight.” — Denis Lynch (Ireland)

Lynch and “Echo” were one of nine horse-and-rider pairs to advance to the jump-off. They blazed through Michel Vaillancourt’s (CAN) shortened track, stopping the timers in 36.16 seconds and overtaking the lead, which up to that point had been held by Beat Mändli (SUI) and Dsarie, who were winners just last week at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington (USA). Mändli ultimately finished third with a time of 37.80 seconds, while Lauren Tisbo (USA) and Coriandolo di Ribano slotted into second, just missing the top spot when crossing the timers in 36.52 seconds.

“I went as quickly as I could,” Lynch said. “Echo is a naturally very, very quick horse. He’s been unlucky a few times this year, when he’s been beaten at the post. I think there were three or four grand prix where he finished second. I think he really deserved it tonight.”

By Catie Staszak

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Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping 2010/2011 – Round 13, ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NED)

Ireland's Denis Lynch is presented with his prize by Anthony Schaub from Rolex after securing a place at the 2010/2011 Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping final at Leipzig, Germany next month with a superb victory at the last Western European League qualifier in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands today. Photo: FEI/Dirk Caremans.

LYNCH SNATCHES LAST-CHANCE WIN AT ‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH by Louise Parkes

27 March 2011 – Ireland’s Denis Lynch snatched a last-minute place at next month’s Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping final in Leipzig, Germany with a superb victory in the final qualifier of the Western European League series at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands today.  Riding the gigantic 11 year old gelding Abbervail van het Dingeshof which belongs to his Swiss patron Thomas Straumann, the Irishman produced a stunning round when eighth to go in the thrilling 17-horse jump-off, and could not be caught despite the best efforts of many of the super-stars who followed him.

“It’s my very first World Cup win – I’ve been trying to do this for the last 15 years and I’ve been placed plenty of times but I’ve never come out on top so it feels really good!” Lynch said.  “I wanted to make it to the final and this was my last chance – I’m really happy it worked out and I’m delighted with my horse,” he added.  A total of six Dutch riders went into the jump-off but Jeroen Dubbeldam (BMC Van Grunsven Simon), Eric van der Vleuten (VDL Groep Utascha SFN) and Piet Raijmakers Jr. (Van Schijndel’s Rascin) had to settle for second, third and fourth places respectively while Frenchman, Simon Delestre (Couletto), lined up in fifth.

PRESSURE
This was a day of intense pressure, and Dutch course designer Louis Konickx was feeling it as much as the riders.  “The second part of the start-list was a course-designers nightmare!” he said afterwards.  “I didn’t want to be over the top with my track so I felt I needed to compromise, but the jump-off worked out very well so I’m satisfied,” he added.  The ease with which so many managed to keep a clean sheet first time out was indeed surprising but possibly indicative of the familiarity and comfort so many horse-and-rider combinations have developed after the winter-long indoor season, along with the quality of the 40-strong field.

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