It was a well worthwhile journey from Galway to Kildare for Sven Hadley last Sunday as he took the opening round of the Connolly’s Red Mills, Showjumpers’ Club Spring Tour at JAG Equestrian.

Riding Hadley Sporthorses’ Sumas Taloubet, he took the winner’s share of the €2,000 in the host-sponsored class. Hadley, who had just returned from a tour of duty in Belgium, dominated the classes on the day, also taking the 1.10m with Nicolas Canavan’s Clover Falcon and the 1.20m with Why Not Fado.