Ferdi Eilberg will train Ireland’s three-day eventing team in dressage in the new year.

Ferdi is a former World Class Performance Director of coaching to the British dressage team, and dressage trainer to the British eventing team.

As dressage trainer to the Irish three-day eventing team, he replaces Sandy Phillips, wife of H&H columnist Captain Mark Phillips.

Horse Sport Ireland’s eventing high performance manager Ginny Elliot said: “I worked with Ferdi when he was coach for the British eventing team. He is a gifted trainer and I believe the squad will benefit greatly from his expertise.”

Ferdi Eilberg was born in Germany but has been a UK resident for more than 20 years. He has represented Britain at two European championships (1993 and 1995) and two World Equestrian Games (1994 and 1998).

He said: “I’m looking forward to working with Ireland’s eventers and I think Ginny and I can make a considerable difference [to their performance]. I am very excited.”

Ginny Elliot added that Michael Quirke will continue to train the eventers at show jumping.