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New eventing performance manager for Ireland named

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Nick Turner has been named as the new high performance manager for Irish eventing, replacing Ginny Elliot.

Mr Turner, a former event rider and showjumper, managed the Brazilian eventing team from 2008, to 2012.

He is also a Fellow of the British Horse Society and qualified neuro linguistic planning practitioner (NLP), a technique used in sports psychology.

Ginny, who had held the position since 2008, steered the Irish team to fifth place at London 2012. Aoife Clark was seventh individually. Ginny reapplied for the role, but withdrew from the race (news, 24 January), citing new projects.

Mr Turner said he was “delighted” with the appointment.

He added: “I am looking forward to working with the riders to build on their performances to date and on the work done over the past four years.”

Horse Sport Ireland chairman, Joe Walsh, said there had been “many excellent candidates for the role” and that “Nick’s experience and plans for the Irish team really made a big impression”.