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Four Olympic debutants named for Irish Olympic eventing squad

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The eventers representing Ireland at the London Olympics will be:

  • Aoife Clark with the Lily White Syndicate’s Master Crusoe
  • Mark Kyle with Ronnie Bartlett and his own Coolio (pictured)
  • Joseph Murphy with his fianc ©e Jill Andrews, Noel Good and Annette O’Callaghan’s Electric Cruise
  • Michael Ryan with Carol and Tom Henry and Sheila Foley’s Ballylynch Adventure
  • Camilla Speirs with her own and her mother Bridget’s Portersize Just A Jiff

The first reserve is Capt Geoff Curran with the Minister for Defence’s Shanaclough Crecora and the second reserve is Sam Watson with his parents John and Julia and Tom MacGuinness’s Horseware Bushman.

A shortlist of 11 pairs in the running for the Irish squad was announced after Tattersalls in early June, with the final trial taking place at the St James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials last weekend. The combinations were selected by Ginny Elliot, Horse Sport Ireland’s eventing high performance manager and a former Olympic medal-winner for Britain.

Apart from Mark Kyle, who rode at the 2004 Games on Drunken Disorderly, all these riders will be making their Olympic debuts.

This will be Aoife’s first senior championship, while Joseph rode at last year’s European Championships and Michael and Camilla both have World Equestrian Games and European Championship experience.

All seven horses are Irish sports horses.

Full report of Barbury in H&H this Thursday (5 July). Read more about the Irish team in our Olympic preview (19 July issue).