Defending champions Ireland set for Nations Cup action this weekend in Portugal and Canada

  • 30 May 2019, 15:45

The Irish Show Jumping team has been named for tomorrow’s (Friday) three-star Nations Cup at Lisbon in Portugal, where Chef d’Equipe Taylor Vard will be hoping for his second win on the bounce. Vard was on duty as Chef d’Equipe last year in Lisbon when Ireland emerged as winners, while his team also came out on top following a jump-off in the Danish Nations Cup at Uggerhaine last weekend. Vard has named an entirely new team for the Lisbon clash, with Ireland set to line-out as follows:

Sligo’s Richard Howley with Dolores – owned by Morgan Kent
Tipperary’s Trevor Breen with Escapade H – owned by Gebroeders van Manen
Mayo’s Alex Duffy with Gerd KG – owned by Michal Kazmierczak
Tipperary’s Greg Broderick with Duco – owned by Mary Ellen Du Ruschi

The Lisbon Nations Cup gets underway at 6pm Irish time on Friday, with the second round due to start under floodlights at 9.30pm Irish time.

Meanwhile Ireland are also in Nations Cup action on Sunday evening in the five-star Nations Cup at Langley in Canada. Five teams have assembled to contest the $400,000 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of Canada, where Ireland, as defending champions, will be up against Canada, Mexico, The United States and Israel.

Irish Development team manager Michael Blake will announce his four team members on Saturday from a squad of five that includes Jonathan Corrigan, Daniel Coyle, Jordan Coyle, Cormac Hanley and Conor Swail.

The Irish Show Jumping team is sponsored by Devenish and The Underwriting Exchange
Equiline – Official athlete clothing supplier of Team Ireland Equestrian

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