Ireland’s newly appointed Show Jumping team manager Rodrigo Pessoa has named his squad for the opening five-star European Division 1 Nations Cup of the season at Lummen, Belgium, which takes place on Friday April 28th.
The squad in alphabetical order is:
Michael Duffy with Belcanto Z, Richard Howley and Chinook, Paul Kennedy with Cartown Danger Mouse (ISH), Dermott Lennon and Loughview Lou-Lou (ISH), and Denis Lynch with Echo De Laubry.
On announcing his first five squad members, Pessoa said:
“We are looking forward to starting our 2017 Super League campaign. We are using a mix of young and experienced riders in Lummen and are hoping for a good result.”
Although Lummen is a European Division 1 Nations Cup, Ireland will not be competing for points at the Belgian venue. A new Nations Cup format for 2017 will see teams guaranteed invitations to six European Division 1 shows, with their four best results counting towards the league standings.
The six points-scoring Nations Cup shows selected for Ireland are: La Baule (May 11th-14th), Rome (May 24th-28th), Rotterdam (June 22nd-25th), Falsterbo (July 13th-16th), Hickstead (July 27th-30th), and Ireland’s home Nations Cup at the RDS in Dublin on August 9th-13th, where teams will compete for the Aga Khan trophy.
Ireland finished as runners-up on the 2016 Nations Cup league table to maintain their position for the coming season as one of eight European Division 1 teams, along with Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, France, Italy and newly-promoted Spain.