Ardee man Mark McAuley got his weekend off to the best possible start on Friday evening as he earned a fourth place finish in the five-star Longines Grand Prix in Lyon, France.
The showjumping star was the pick of the Irish on a memorable day for the riders in green, with three top 10 finishes in total for Ireland.
The Millockstown rider partnered with Eva Lundin’s gelding Jasco vd Biscchop and produced a clear round against the clock. McAuley’s time of 35.98 sealed the fourth place finish and an impressive €10,000 prize money.
His achievement is all the more impressive considering that 20 combinations had made it through to the jump-off. Waterford’s Anthony Condon (7th), Offaly’s Darragh Kenny (9th) were the other Irish competitors.
McAuley was a member of the Irish team which competed for last year’s Aga Khan Trophy at the FEI Nations Cup held at the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS.