Sligo’s Richard Howley scored one of the biggest wins of his career, coming out on top in last night's €150,000 five-star Grand Prix at the Spanish Nations Cup show in Gijon.
A hugely competitive jump-off saw 13 riders go forward to the second round, but none could match Howley’s winning clear in 59.86 seconds with the 10-year-old mare Dolores who is owned by Morgan Kent.
The result crowned a very successful week for Irish riders at the Spanish venue.
Richard Howley from Enniscrone was crowned Leading Rider of the Show after also winning Saturday’s Accumulator competition with Cruising Star. The Irish team, led by Michael Blake, finished joint fourth in Friday’s Gijon Nations Cup.