GAIN Equine Nutrition Irish Pony Eventing squad named for European Championships in Westerstede

  • 4 July 2024, 15:24

Jane Kinsella has named her GAIN Equine Nutrition Irish Pony Eventing Squad for the Pony Eventing European Championships taking place in Westerstede on August 1st-4th.

Horse Sport Ireland Pony Eventing Team Manager Kinsella sends a squad of six to the championships, with hopes high the team can reproduce some excellent results from recent years.

Ireland claimed the team bronze medal at the FEI European Championships for Ponies in Le Mans, France, last year, following on from a gold medal win in 2022.

Kinsella said: “I am very pleased to announce the squad for the upcoming Pony Eventing European Championships in Westerstede, Germany.

“All combinations have campaigned extremely well during the selection period, with some very impressive results at both national and international level.

“Millstreet winners Carla and Galco bring Championship experience and Zara, Isabelle, Bonnie, Jess and Sophie have posted impressive results in Europe and the UK this year. It’s an exciting time for these talented athletes and I hope that they will perform well and contend for medals at the championships.

“I would like to congratulate them on their performances leading to their selection and I would also like to take this opportunity to thank their parents and support teams on their hard work, commitment and dedication to the High Performance Pony Eventing Programme.

“Huge thanks to GAIN Equine Nutrition, Horse Sport Ireland, Eventing Ireland, the GMMF and Mandy Boyle, Equieire, Bucas, Dubarry, TRM Nutrition, Berney Bros Saddlery, Flex-on and KEP Italia for their ongoing support.”

The travelling squad, in alphabetical order, is as follows:

  • Zara McCarthy (Tipperary) with Romans Special Envoy (ISH) – By Sligo Candy Boy out of FIFI Flowerpot – Breeder – Kirsten McCarthy
  • Bonnie O’Neill (Kildare) with Woody Sammy (Connemara Pony) By Woodfield Sammy out of Westside Princess – Breeder – Brendan Noone
  • Jessica O’Ryan (Kildare) with Carhu Melody – (Connemara Pony) By I Love you Melody out of Lickeen Star – Breeder – Denis Kelleher
  • Sophie Swain (Tipperary) with Here Comes Trouble – (ISH) – By Gwennic De Goariva out of Lady Dunguire – Breeder – Aileen Cartwright
  • Isabelle Walsh (Kildare) with Lucky For Some (ISH) – By Dunlewey Seamus out of Gifted Sister Breeder – Sarah Love
  • Carla Williamson (Meath) with Galco

Non-travelling reserves, in alphabetical order, is as follows:

  • Suzie Cosgrove (Meath) with Kilcoltrim Swift
  • Kitty Cullen (Armagh) with Greenaun Russel – (Connemara Pony) By Carracanada River out of Greenaun Heather – Breeder –  Mr Seamus Mulroe
  • David Keatley (Kildare) with Crosskeys Bella – (Connemara Pony) By Crosskeys Rebel out of Ballyglass Ruby – Breeder – Grace Wall Keatley
  • Gilby Monaghan (Carlow) with Longwood Laura – (Connemara Pony) By I Love You Melody out of Lucky Star – Breeder – Conor O’Meara
  • Holly Ross (Antrim) with Star of Hollymount

The Horse Sport Ireland Youth programme is kindly sponsored by GAIN Equine Nutrition.

The programme would like to also extend its warmest thanks to sponsors EquieireBucasDubarryTRM Nutrition and Berney Bros Saddlery, Flex-On and KEP Italia.