Team Ireland Equestrian’s show jumping manager Robert Splaine on Thursday confirmed the squad who’ll take part in the FEI Nations’ Cup Superleague clash in Rome on Friday week (May 27).
With victory in the first leg at La Baule in France already under their belt, the Irish team will be hoping to add even more points in Italy to keep their country at the head of the eight-nation Superleague table.
Robert Splaine’s squad for Rome will be:
Shane Breen: Camblin (ISH)
Cameron Hanley; Southwind VDL
Cian O’Connor; Larkhill Cruiser (ISH) or Splendor
Shane Sweetnam; Amaretto Darco
Billy Twomey; Tinka’s Serenade
Robert Splaine said: “The four who were victorious at La Baule will be joined by Shane Breen riding Camblin, who will be having his first outing at this level. Billy Twomey is riding the brilliant Tinka’s Serenade owned by Eddie and Sue Davies, and their presence will certainly raise the bar for the rest.
“Developing new combinations and then giving them their opportunity at Superleague level so as to spare my main championship contenders for our Olympic qualification bid is my ambition. Despite winning at La Baule I am conscious that the Superleague will be tough for us”.
Splaine also named his team today for the Promotional League Nations’ Cup which takes place in Lisbon, Portugal, on the same day as the Rome fixture.
The Irish team in alphabetical order will be:
Marion Hughes; HHS Fortuna (ISH)
Eddie Moloney; Chatsworth Dan (ISH)
Paddy O’Donnell; Harristown Princess (ISH)
Niall Talbot; Nicos de la Cense.
Splaine commented: ”This team for the Portuguese Nations Cup consists of four new horses making their Nations Cup debut, and from that point of view is of great interest.”
Due to the clash of dates with Rome, James Tarrant, who is an advisor on Horse Sport Ireland’s Show Jumping High Performance Committee, will perform the Chef d’Equipe duties at Lisbon.
Meanwhile the Irish team in Copenhagen for tomorrow afternoon’s (Friday) Promotional League Nations’ Cup will be up against 14 other nations, in one of the largest competitions so far this year.
The Irish team is, in alphabetical order:
Alexander Butler with Will Wimble (ISH)
Jennifer Crooks with S.F. Uryadi
Dermott Lennon with Kalvinretto or Vampire
Capt. David O’Brien with Annestown (ISH)