Showjumper Quigley on form in Canada
COMPETING AS part of the Team Ireland Equestrian squad last weekend, Wexford rider David Quigley added to his impressive international form as he clocked up a series of placings at the CSI5* in Spruce Meadows in Canada.
Battling it out against the worlds best riders, Quigley experience stood to him as he claimed joint first in the hard fought Canadian six bar class with his reliable mount Valetto JX. Eleven of the world's best show jumpers went to post, but in the end it was only Quigley and Canada's Kelly Koss who managed to make it to the last round. Both riders recorded four faults over two metre fences to share the accolade.
No stranger to this level of competition, Dave has jumped for Ireland on ten Nations Cup teams, including super leagues at La Baule and Hickstead. He has won major Grand Prix's at Arezzo and San Sebastian. As well as proving himself at the top level, he is extremely well known and highly regarded as a producer of young horses.
It was an excellent start for Quigley, as later in the week he was chosen by Horse Sport Ireland to form part of the Nations Cup team that went on to claim second place just behind the USA.
The Irish quartet of Dave Quigley, Trevor Breen, Nicola FitzGibbon, and Shane Sweetnam lay in third position at the halfway mark on a total of nine faults, with the USA and the Netherlands just one point ahead on eight faults apiece.
But a steady performance in the second round, with just one mistake apiece and a single time fault from Dave Quigley, saw the Irish move forward to take the runner-up spot on 21 faults behind winners USA, who finished one fence ahead with 17 penalties.
Riding her own 13 year-old bay gelding 'Puissance', Kildare's Nicola FitzGibbon, who celebrates her 23rd birthday this week, was Ireland's only clear round, and added just four faults to her total in the second round, while Breen and 'Adventure de Kannan' improved from eight faults to four on their final round.
Dave Quigley and 'Ulot' picked up five faults in each round, while Limerick-born Shane Sweetnam and the bay stallion 'Amaretto d'Arco' had just one fence down on each outing tonight.
The Irish team, under Chef d'Equipe Paraic Geraghty, finished four points ahead of Canada, and five points clear of Switzerland and the Netherlands, who tied for fourth place on 26 faults.