Focus moves to Nations Cup World Final for European Champions Ireland as Rodrigo Pessoa names squad for Barcelona

  • 21 September 2017, 15:58

Irish Show Jumping team manager Rodrigo Pessoa has named his squad, sponsored by Devenish and The Underwriting Exchange,  for the Longines FEI Nations Cup World Final, which starts this Thursday September 28th at the Real Club de Polo in Barcelona, Spain.

Ireland travel to the World Final as newly-crowned European Championships following a stunning gold medal win in Gothenburg (SWE) last month.

The new European Show Jumping champions Ireland stand on the podium after claiming the gold medal in Gothenburg, Sweden (l-r) Rodrigo Pessoa, Shane Sweetnam, Denis Lynch, Bertram Allen and Cian O’Connor (Photo: Sonya Hennessy)

Ireland qualified for the World Final based on their finishing position in this years European Division 1 Nations Cup series, which concluded with the Aga Khan competition at last month’s Dublin Horse Show.

The Irish squad for the Barcelona World Final is as follows:
Wexford’s Bertram Allen with Molly Malone V – owned by Ballywalter Farms
Tipperary’s Shane Breen with Laith – owned by Team Z7 or Ipswich Van De Wolfsakker – owned by Breen Equestrian, Jos Lansink & Konstantin Pysarenko
Meath’s Cian O’Connor with Good Luck – owned by Adena Springs & Ronnoco Jump Ltd
Tipperary’s Denis Lynch with All Star 5 – owned by Thomas Straumann & Denis Lynch
Cork’s Shane Sweetnam with Chaqui Z – owned by Spy Coast Farm LLC & Shane Sweetnam

Irish team manager Rodrigo Pessoa said:

“This will be our closing Nations Cup of the season and we are putting forward what we believe to be a strong squad. We will be trying to make it through to the final on Saturday. All eyes will be on us fresh from being crowned European Champions and we will be hoping for a good result.”

A total of 18 teams – nine from Europe, two each from North and Central America, South America, Middle East and Asia/Australia and one from Africa, are eligible to compete at the Longines FEI Nations Cup World Final, which boasts a prize fund of almost 2 Million Euro.

The competition starts this Thursday, September 28th where all 18 teams will line out. The top 8 teams from the opening competition will go forward to the final on Saturday 30th, with the remaining 10 teams entering the Challenge Cup final on Friday September 29th.

The Irish senior Show Jumping team is sponsored by The Underwriting Exchange and Devenish.
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