Francis Connors has been crowned Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix league champion for the third year in-a-row, the Waterford rider and the mare Uskerty Diamond Lady having dominated the 2015 series from start to finish.
Francis Connors and Uskerty Diamond Lady are the 2015 Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix league champions (Photo:Sonya Dempsey)
The final round of the league was due to take place at Banteer Gymkhana in Cork last Sunday, however heavy rain forced organizers to abandon the event before the Grand Prix got underway. Connors had already amassed a huge total of 90 points with Uskerty Diamond Lady, giving him a 34 point winning margin over runner-up Liam O’Meara.
The Hilda Anthony-owned Uskerty Diamond Lady, scored an incredible six Grand Prix wins this season while she also finished second on two occasions along with a double of third place finishes. Bred-by John Doyle from Kilkenny, the 11-year-old is by the sire Carrick Diamond Lad out of the dam Uskerty Barnaby who is by Young Barnaby.
Tipperary’s Liam O’Meara was the only rider to come close to catching Connors at the top of the table. The Nenagh rider finished as runner-up with Realt Na Carrig, while he also filled third place with Curraghgraigue Jack Take Fligh. Cork’s Alan O’Regan finished fourth overall with Electric Fell while Seamus Hayes and Twister filled fifth place just ahead of Francis Connors and Capitol Cruise in sixth.
2015 Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix Champion Francis Connors pictured with from left John Geraghty from RED MILLS, Tony Hurley Showjumping Ireland Chairman and Gareth Connolly of Connolly’s RED MILLS (Photo: Sonya Dempsey)
Gareth Connolly Sales and Marketing Director Connolly’s RED MILLS said: “We were delighted to support the 2015 Munster Grand Prix League. The league continues to grow year-on-year and is a popular fixture in the calendar. We feel this league is at the heart of Irish show jumping’s grassroots and it really benefits young riders and also allows the younger horse to develop and reach their full potential. We must also congratulate Francis Connors on winning the league again this year and wish him continued success for the rest of the season.”