TG4 break new ground with live coverage of the Team and Individual European Show Jumping Finals from Germany
- 12 August 2015, 14:55
The European Show Jumping Championship takes place in Aachen, Germany from August 19th to 23rd. It has been announced today that the Team and Individual Finals from the Championship will be broadcast live by TG4. Coverage of the Team Final commences on the afternoon of Friday August 21st from 4.25 and will run until 6.40pm.
The destination of both team medals and Olympic qualification places will be decided during this phase of the competition. The Irish team must finish amongst the top three from amongst those countries not already qualified to secure a team place at the Rio 2016 games.
The Individual Finals will be shown on the afternoon of Sunday August 23rd from 4.25 to 5.10pm where the Individual European Champion will be crowned.
Following the Team Ireland Equestrian Investec Show Jumping Team’s stunning performance in securing the Aga Khan trophy last Friday at the RDS, Team Manager Robert Splaine selected his team for the European Championship. The team, confirmed today by Horse Sport Ireland, will consist of Bertram Allen, Greg Broderick, Darragh Kenny, Denis Lynch and Cian O’Connor.
Ronan O Coisdealbha from TG4 said:
“TG4 is delighted to bring this event to an Irish audience. Show Jumping has a strong following in Ireland and with our riders doing outstandingly well on the International stage, capped by last week’s Aga Khan win, excitement is building for these Championships” he said.
HSI CEO Damian McDonald said:
“There was a very good response to the highlights of the final leg of Jumping in the city when it was shown on TG4. Our riders are major players on the world stage and TG4’s coverage will give Irish viewers a further opportunity to follow them on terrestrial television.” he said.
The broadcast will be produced by Dian George of SportsVision and will be presented from Aachen by Brendan McArdle. The Commentary Team is headed by James Griffin with expert analysis provided by former Olympic competitor and HSI level 3 Coach Jack Doyle.