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Balmoral stages Royal command performance

 

By Ruth Loney ·

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Riding high: Annabel Shields on Carmoneybridge Challenger, competing at Balmoral yesterday

The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, was in attendance at the Balmoral Showgrounds yesterday as Fermanagh rider Kerry Taggart dazzled on the first day of the showjumping competition at Balmoral Show.

Taggart, on board Ivira, took the Five-Year Old Championship title, while Maguiresbridge jumper James Hogg also went home with silverware on board Intuitive in the 6/7 Year-Old Championship.

British rider Paul Barker took the International Speed Class on board Happy Boy, while Leitrim's John Floody won the National Grand Prix on Shalamar Cassino.

With stunning weather and bumper crowds, it made for a fantastic day at the Maze venue, with riders from Ireland, Britain, Canada and the USA competing in the event, and all left praising the world-class facilities.

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Riding high: Annabel Shields on Carmoneybridge Challenger, competing at Balmoral yesterday
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Princess Anne