IRELAND’S Para Dressage team finished a very creditable fourth in the ten-team Nations’ Cup at Deauville in France yesterday (Saturday). Helen Kearney on the Irish Sport Horse Mister Cool scored 68.522/68.522 per cent, while Breda Bernie returned to the team on the former Eventer, the Irish Sport Horse Master Mexico, to obtain 67.480/67.379 per cent. Geraldine Savage with Blues Tip Top Too scored 65.217/68.696 per cent while Kate Kerr Hogan was the team discard score with Arlande on scores of 63.088/65.286 per cent. Ireland finished on 405.816, which was not enough to catch a very dominant British team, who came home on a total score of 439.900 per cent. The Irish riders all recorded top ten individual places during the weekend, with Helen Kearney’s third place in the Team Test Grade 1A and another third in the Grade 1A Freestyle on Sunday with Mr. Cool the best of the scores.
THOUGH marginally improving yesterday’s points gap behind the leading team, Ireland finished third at today’s (Sunday) FEI Eventing Nations’ Cup held at Ballindenisk in Co. Cork. The compulsory elimination of Sam Watson and Horseware Bushman after a fall on the cross country track reduced Ireland’s scoring options, and though his fellow team members all went clear in today’s phase, the accumulated points after dressage and show jumping were not sufficient to catch the British team, who overtook France to collect the winners’ trophy. The individual Irish team scores were: Sam Watson/Horseware Bushman (ISH) – Eliminated Sarah Ennis/Sugar Brown Babe (ISH) – 47.5 Josephy Murphy/Electric Cruise (ISH) – 54 Camilla Sperirs/Portersize Just a Jif (ISH) – 54.2 Ennis finished sixth individually, with Murphy in ninth and Speirs in tenth place. Britain’s Oliver Townend and the Irish Sport Horse Cooley Master Class were the individual winners in the Nations’ Cup. Ballindenisk was […]
The 36th FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final looks set to be a classic, and there is a body of opinion that suggests that the 2014 Longines champion could be from the host nation of France. After all, this is the country that boasts the reigning FEI European Champion – the inimitable Roger Yves Bost – and the team that won the hotly-contested inaugural Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final last September, while its representatives have also been in great form on the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Western European League throughout the winter months. Add to that the incentive of hosting the forthcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy in four months’ time and the subsequent pressure to be at their best when that moment arrives, and it seems French riders have every reason to be driven to success when the lights go on in the Eurexpo stadium in […]
THE composition and remit of the FEI Endurance Task Force, announced by the FEI Executive Board on 8 April, have been finalised. The mission of the Task Force is to develop practical solutions to ensure horse welfare and a level playing field at Endurance events globally, and to look at deploying modern technology to achieve the goals of equality and integrity in all Endurance competitions. As part of its remit, the Task Force will review a number of initiatives that can offer a workable solution for varying terrains and climatic conditions to ensure that they can be implemented globally. The Task Force will be chaired by FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos, and its members are Brian Sheahan, FEI Endurance Committee chair; Jim Ellis, Equestrian Sports New Zealand Chief Executive; Mohammed Essa Al Adhab, Deputy General Manager Dubai Equestrian Club; Andrew Holmes, legal advisor; and Ireland’s Alain Storme, racing and […]
THE World Equestrian Games, the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping series, the new FEI Nations Cup series in eventing and the underage European Championships in show jumping and eventing were singled out by Horse Sport Ireland Chairman Pat Wall as key targets for this year’s international season at Team Ireland Equestrian’s 2014 launch at Abbotstown today (Monday). He was joined at the launch by Irish Sports Council CEO John Treacy. HSI Chairman Prof. Pat Wall said: “For success in equestrian sport two athletes have to be in peak condition and if we are to achieve victory in the international arenas both horse and rider must be trained and ready. “The main target for 2014 will be the the World Equestrian Games which are important in their own right but also provide Olympic qualification opportunities. However, the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping series, where Ireland finished third last year, will again […]