Balmoral International Show kicked off on Tuesday with the TRM/Horseware National Grand Prix. Leading the victory lap and taking the winner’s share of the €4,000 in the SHS Group and the Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council-sponsored class was Greg Broderick. Riding Lisa Cawley’s Golden Exchange, he lodged the winning round when clear in 38.12 seconds. It has been a good month for Broderick, finishing third in the €300,000 Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix CSI5* in Estoril, Portugal, and later in the week being named as one of the Investec Irish show jumping squad to represent Ireland at the Aga Khan.
With competitors well up to the challenge on the day, a total of 23 combinations from the 52 starters proceeded to the timed round. In what proved to be a very competitive jump-off, little separated the top three placings in the final lineup. Deane Rogan was hot on Broderick’s heels, but despite lodging a clear with Falco Van Spieveld, their time of 38.23 seconds proved only good enough for second place. Gerard Clarke aboard Rafiki was the only other rider to stay within the 40 marker in 38.25 for third.