WITH just two rounds of the Rolex FEI World Cup series left before April’s final, the quest for points will start to reach boiling point at this weekend’s 11th leg at Bordeaux in France, with two Irish riders prominent in the mix.
Billy Twomey and Denis Lynch will not only be looking for series points but, more importantly, Olympic ranking points that could guarantee Ireland two places in London later this year.
Though currently holding the top two slots of the possible three Olympic qualifying places, the Irish duo will nonetheless be under pressure from nations just below them in the leaderboard.
Lynch brings Twister S, Contifex, Night Train and Upsilon d’Ocquier to Bordeaux, while Twomey fields Tinka’s Serenda, Je t’Aime Flamenco and Romanov.
In Villach in Austria, Shane Carey and Alex Duffy represent Ireland in the two-star show, while Thomas Ryan is the sole Irish entrant at Offenburg in Germany.
Meanwhile, Kevin Babington, Shane Sweetnam, Andrew Bourns and Cian O’Connor make up a formidable Irish presence in this week’s Winter Equestrian Festival competitions at Wellington in Florida.
In dressage, Judy Reynolds lines out with two horses at the three-star event in Vejer de la Frontera in Spain.