The 2018 Land Rover Puissance at the Dublin Horse Show has finally come to an end. However, the huge event has ended in a four-way tie for the first place, with three Irish equestrian riders along with one Brazilian rider sharing the top prize of €28.400 or US$32,439.
Irish riders Richard Howley (with horse CMS Tallulah) along with Michael Pender (Hearton DuBois Halleux), Padraic Judge (Citi Business), and Brazil’s Pedro Junqueira Muylaert (horse Chacote) have all managed to clear the big red wall in the fourth round of the event. That big red wall stood at 2m20 (7 ft. 2 inches).
In the final fifth round, all four riders tried to jump the big red wall again at 2m 25, but each rider finished with 4 faults. This resulted in a four-way tie with Capt Geoff Curran and Dollanstown taking the fifth place in the overall event ranking.
About the four equestrian winners
Padraic Judge is no longer new to the equestrian world. The Irish rider made huge news last year when he won the 2017 HOYS (Horse of the Year Show) Naylors Equestrian Puissance event. It was Padraic Judge and his gelding Citi Business first appearance at the 2017 HOYS Puissance.
Ireland’s Richard Howley is no longer stranger with it comes to big equestrian competition. This 26-year-old Irish rider has already competed in numerous regional/continental competitions in Avenches and Freudenberg. In addition, Howley also competed and won the Longines Ranking class at this year’s Spanish Sunshine Tour.
Michael Pender is a 19-year-old Irish equestrian, one of the youngest riders in the equestrian world. Pender has already won the Silver and Bronze medals in the five-year-old final at the prestigious World Breeding Jumping Championship in Belgium. In addition to World Breeding Jumping Championship, the Irish rider is also the winner of the young rider bursary competition sponsored by Linx Investments. He also won the M. Michael Meller Young Rider Style award.
Brazil’s Pedro Junqueira Muylaert is an experienced rider and a showjumping superstar. The 32-year-old Brazilian rider has already made 14 victories, including the 2012 FEI World Cup final Hertogenbosch, where he finished 32nd in the overall ranking.