The Irish Eventing Squad for the World Equestrian Games 2014 has been announced by Horse Sport Ireland’s Eventing High Performance Manager Nick Turner.
The selected squad in alphabetical order is:
•Clare Abbott riding Dr Cormac Mackay’s Euro Prince (ISH)
•Aoife Clark riding PJ Hegarty’s Fenyas Elegance (ISH) (or Henrietta Duchess of Bedford & Jacqueline Norris’s Vaguely North as a direct reserve horse)
•Sarah Ennis riding Tom McGuinness, Nicky Potterton and the late Orla Ennis’ Horseware Stellor Rebound (ISH)
•Joseph Murphy riding Noel Good, Jill Andrews, A. O’Callaghan and Michelle Nelson’s Electric Cruise (ISH)
•Austin O’Connor riding Kate Jarvey’s Ringwood Mississippi (ISH) and
•Sam Watson riding Tom MacGuinness, John and Julia Watson’s Horseware Bushman (ISH).
The reserve list is as follows in alphabetical order:
Joseph Murphy riding Jill Murphy, Alison Schmutz and Andrew Tinkler’s Sportsfield Othello (ISH); Jim Newsam riding his own Magennis (ISH), Michael Ryan riding Carol & Tom Henry and Sheila Foley’s Ballylynch Adventure (ISH) and Camilla Spiers riding Bridget Speirs and her own Portersize Just A Jiff (ISH)
Nick Turner, Ireland’s Eventing High Performance Team Manager said; “I am delighted that we have such a strong squad to select from. The six riders have a wealth of experience riding horses that have good 4 star experience or very impressive wins recently at 3 star level.
“We look forward to the World Equestrian Games with the main objective of securing Olympic qualification, yet a medal is always in our sights. I would especially like to thank all of the owners who have made their horses available for selection to represent Team Ireland Equestrian at the Championships.”
The World Equestrian Games take place in Normandy, France between August 23 – September 7, 2014.