Tattersalls International three-day event (28-31 May) looks set to welcome a record number of Olympic medallists to the competition in Co Meath, Ireland.

Visitors will have the opportunity to watch no less than 8 Olympic medallists compete.

Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) has confirmed that Mark Todd, Andrew Nicholson. Jeanette Brakewell, Pippa Funnell, Mary King, William Fox-Pitt and Clayton and Lucinda Fredericks have all applied to take part.

HSI chairman Joe Walsh said he believed that it was a record for an Irish event.

He said: “It’s extraordinary that an event in Ireland has reached a level where Olympic medallists, who between them have won 18 medals, would come to compete.”

Winner of this year’s Badminton Oli Townend and World Champion Zara Phillips are also due to ride, added Mr Walsh.

The event, which features Ireland’s HSBC Eventing World Cup qualifier, will have benefited from the cancellation of the UK’s qualifier at Chatsworth Horse Trials on17 May because of wet weather.