Ireland to send eventing team to the Olympic Games

  • 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)

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