Galway’s Andrew Bourns and The Irish Sport Horse Sea Topblue claimed the top prize in the $216,000 four-star NetJets Grand Prix at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida.
Louth’s Mark McAuley finished second aboard Jasco VD Bisschop.
From the 44 starters, 14 jumped clear to make it into the second round.
The early pacesetter was Olympian Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) and his own Moya VD Bisschop, who were the second to go in the jump-off and set the time to beat at 39.25 seconds which would eventually see them finish third, just ahead of Hector Florentino (DOM) in fourth with The Irish Sport Horse ABC Quantum Cruise.
As the final entry in the jump-off, Bourns was able to squeak by his countryman and cross the timers in 38.76 for a fantastic win.
It was a special win for Bourns on this horse that means so much to his family.
The 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding by Chacco-blue has been with the Bourns since Andrew’s mother, the late Deirdre Bourns, bought him as a foal at an auction in Cavan.