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Ooh La La!McAuley makes his Mark with Lyon Grand Prix show

The Longines Grand Prix takes place in Lyon and McAuley was one of three Irish riders to finish in the top 10 of Friday's event.

Mark McAuley
Showjumper Mark McAuley made two clear rounds in the Czech Republic.

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.

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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.

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