Dramatic finish to Land Rover Puissance sees two Irish riders on top

A first ever international Puissance competition for Jack O’Donohue saw him share the top prize with Tipperary’s Shane Breen. They beat renowned puissance expertise in the Dublin Horse Show field by clearing the Land Rover Puissance wall at 2m 20cm, ( 7 feet 3 inches) to clinch victory. It was the culmination of a brilliant battle for the podium which saw the sixteen initial riders whittle down to six for the fourth round, before only three riders, all of them Irish: Jack O’Donohue, Shane Breen and Peter Smyth, made it through to the last round. O’Donohue went brilliantly clear at first asking, with Smyth taking off a top brick and crashing out, but O’Donohue was then spectacularly joined by Shane Breen to make it an Irish double at the top of the podium. It was the Susan Oaks-owned gelding Cisero that Breen cleared the wall on, while Waterford's Jack O'Donohue rode the stallion Acorad 3. Both horses are Puissance specialists having previously part of a three way split for the 2012 Land Rover Puissance at the Dublin Horse Show