Some 45 student-riders from 15 nations travelled to Ireland to compete in the Student Riders’ Nations’ Cup (SNRC) World Finals 2010 last weekend (2-3 January).
Britain took the winner’s laurels in both the team dressage section and the team combined section of the competition.
Team member Joanna Honey had a particularly successful weekend, also securing individual gold in the combined section and individual silver in the dressage.
In the team show jumping, Belgium emerged victorious.
The competition, which was held at Ravensdale Lodge Equestrian Centre in Dundalk, Co. Louth, was the fourth and final SNRC of 2009 and attracted riders from as far away as Egypt, Canada and the USA.
During the competition, sponsored by Horse Sport Ireland, riders competed on borrowed horses in dressage, show jumping and combined competitions.
Cups were also presented to the countries that had accumulated the best results in each competition throughout the year.
Hosts Ireland came away with two of the overall trophies, winning the President’s Cup 2009, as well as the World Final Show jumping Cup 2009. Germany was awarded the World Final Dressage Cup 2009.
“It was a brilliant weekend, and I’d like to thanks all our sponsors and especially the competitors who travelled from all over the world to take part,” said Natalie Quinlivan, Chef d’Equipe of the Irish Team, who also won the National Accumulator class.
“It was an added bonus to win both cups too! We thought we’d take the President’s Cup, but it was terrific to win the Show Jumping Cup as well.”
For full results listings, visit www.horsesportireland.ie