Less than four days after winning his first ever World Championship medal, Ireland’s Michael Murphy this morning (Sunday) claimed a second bronze medal, this time in the Grade I Freestyle Individual Championship at the ECCO FEI World Para Dressage Championships at Herning in Denmark. An excellent score of 78.387% in today’s Freestyle To Music Grand Prix with the 15-year-old gelding Cleverboy, gave Murphy another podium finish and a second bronze medal of the Championships to cap an outstanding week. Italy’s Sara Morganti took the gold medal with a score of 80.653 %, while silver went to Latvia’s Rihards Snikus on a score of 78.400%. Horse Sport Ireland Para Dressage High Performance Director, Debora Pijpers said: “I am very proud of how all four Irish Para Dressage combinations presented themselves this World Championships. Highlights were absolutely Michael Murphy and Cleverboy obtaining a historical bronze medal in the individual competition ánd a […]
Brilliant Irish Show Jumping team claim Olympic qualification for Paris with fourth place finish at World Championships
On a night of high drama at the ECCO FEI World Show Jumping Championships in Herning, Denmark. an outstanding performance from Michael Blake’s Irish Show Jumping team of Denis Lynch, Bertram Allen, Cian O’Connor and Daniel Coyle, saw them take one of the five coveted places on offer for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. At the end of one of the most thrilling nights in the history of the sport, Ireland climbed from overnight ninth place to finish fourth overall and take one of the five Olympic places on offer – and at the finish, missed out on the bronze medal by just one penalty. Just the top 10 teams from the 22 that started the week made it through to the final under floodlights, with Ireland starting the evening in ninth place overall, carrying forward a score of 17.15 penalties from the first two rounds held on Wednesday […]
Irish Show Jumping team qualify for Friday’s World Championship Final – Olympic place still in reach
The Irish Show Jumping team of Denis Lynch, Bertram Allen, Cian O’Connor and Daniel Coyle, managed by Michael Blake, have qualified for tomorrow’s (Friday) final at the 2022 ECCO FEI World Championships at Herning in Denmark, where along with World Championship medals, five coveted places are on offer for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Ireland started the day in 11th place of 22 teams, carrying forward a score of 11.15 penalties from Wednesday’s opening speed class. Denis Lynch was first to jump in today’s competition with Brooklyn Heights and the Tipperary rider finished with one fence down for a four fault score. Wexford’s Bertram Allen was next to go for Michael Blake’s team and he finished with two fences down for eight faults with the Irish Sport Horse Pacino Amiro. Ireland were outside the top 10 at the halfway stage before Meath’s Cian O’Connor delivered a vital clear round […]
Ireland’s next generation of equestrian athletes have made history today (Sunday), at the FEI European Championships for ponies (U16) in Strzegom, Poland, winning the Eventing team gold medal and an individual silver, while in Show Jumping Ireland filled all three spots on the podium in the individual final after a phenomenal display – to add to the team gold medal they won on Friday. An historic day began with a gold medal win for the GAIN Irish Eventing team of Meath’s Josh Williamson (Ardeo Fireman), Kildare’s Ben Connors (Cornafest Fred (CP), Meath’s Matthew Love and Kildare’s Claire O’Ryan, managed by Jane Kinsella, Ireland finished on a final score of 104.1 with Germany taking the silver medal on 107.6 while France finished in bronze on 108.9. Kildare’s Ben Connors with Cornafest Fred (CP) also claimed the individual silver medal, while Meath’s Josh Williamson with Ardeo Fireman finished just one place outside […]
Regrettably, Ireland’s Sorrell Klatzo was eliminated during her Grand Prix test today (Saturday) at the FEI Dressage World Championships in Herning due to the opinion of the FEI judge at C, that Turbo was irregular in the movement. Turbo warmed up exceptionally well and looked fantastic prior to entry into the main ring. Given the significant atmosphere of the championships, it is not unusual that a first-time campaigner at world level for both horse and rider would become tense and lose the consistency of the movement. In the context of Dressage, it is important to note irregular movement does not necessarily constitute an unsoundness. Team Ireland Vet JP King has subsequently assessed Turbo and found him to be sound and moving well. He is now back in his box relaxing. Sorrell is obviously so disappointed with today but clearly relieved that Turbo is sound and well.