Ireland will send an eventing team to this summer’s Olympics, Horse Sport Ireland announced last Sunday

The decision follows a meeting between chef d’equipe Ginny Elliot and owners, riders and trainers — and Geoff Curran’s win at the World Cup qualifier at Tattersalls (read report in the current issue of Horse & Hound, p44).

A squad of 14 has been selected (see full list below), which will be reduced to eight before 16 June, with the final line-up to be announced after Barbury Castle horse trials in early July.

“I am happy that enough riders will give full commitment to the programme over the next two and a half months,” said Ginny.

Ireland secured five Olympic places through riders’ individual world rankings.

Irish eventing squad

  • Geoff Curran (Balladeer Alfred and Kilkishen)
  • Jayne Doherty (Art Attack)
  • Niall Griffin (Lorgaine)
  • Louise Lyons (Watership Down)
  • Joseph Murphy (Master Boy)
  • Austin O’Connor (Hobby Du Mee)
  • Michael Owen (King Bob)
  • Sacha Pemble (Hyanie d’Aubrie)
  • Elizabeth Power (Kilpatrick River)
  • Michael Ryan (Old Road)
  • Donal Healy (Master Imp)
  • Patricia Ryan (Fernhill Clover Mist)
  • Steven Smith (Quality VH)
  • Sarah Wardell (Kincluny)
  • Sam Watson (Ballybolger Bushman)