Edited Press Release
Paul O’Shea (IRL) has led his Major League Show Jumping team to victory on several occasions during the season, but this time he captured individual glory. He piloted Chancelloress (12yo HANN mare Chacco-Blue x Balout du Rouet) to win the GNP Seguros CSI5* Grand Prix at Concurso de Salto La Silla in Monterrey, MEX, on Sunday.
O’Shea put his mare’s speed to the test and pipped Canada’s Mario Deslauriers and Bardolina 2, owned by Wishing Well Farm, by more than a full second. The finish was a debut 5* victory for Chancelloress, owned by Niall Carey and Trelawny Farm.
“When she jumps, she’s brave and tough,” said O’Shea. “[What makes her special] is great reflexes. She’s really quick and has great technique. In the double oxers, I hardly had to push. When I saw that combination, I was happy because she jumps them really well and powerful. The venue here was outstanding and both shows in Mexico have been fantastic.”
Rounding out the podium, Jana Wargers (GER) finished a banner day in third aboard Limbridge, a horse she owns together with Ashford Farm and Jos Lansink, after also winning the CSI2* Grand Prix with Chacco’s Lady 2.
Conor Swail and Count Me In Top Vector CSI5* 1.50m
Conor Swail (IRL) and Count Me In are on an official streak, winning five FEI classes in as many months. Their second of the MLSJ series came in the Vector CSI5* 1.50m during Concurso de Salto Internacional at Club Hípico La Silla in Monterrey, Mexico. Three hundredths of a second is what gave Swail and the 14yo Hann gelding (Count Grannus x Sherlock Holmes) the win.
“His consistency is phenomenal,” said Swail of the horse. “He’s turning into one of the best horses I’ve ever had and we’re still only starting our career together. It’s exciting looking forward. Every round I jump with him, he gets more confident, more comfortable. I’m delighted to win today and I’m looking forward to Sunday.”
Swail, who is the newest member of team Eye Candy, will now point Count Me In towards Sunday’s GNP CSI5* Grand Prix.
Trying her best with foot speed and efficient turns, Jana Wargers (GER) settled for second riding Limbridge, while Canada’s Sam Walker (CAN) finished third on Evita.