Ireland’s GAIN Irish Youth teams bid for glory as FEI European Show Jumping and Eventing Championships get underway

  • 8 July 2019, 17:22

Following months of preparation and planning centered around the Horse Sport Ireland High Performance Programme, five Irish teams, all sponsored by GAIN Equine Nutrition, have travelled to two separate venues in The Netherlands this week, as the 2019 FEI European Youth Championships for Show Jumping and Eventing get underway tomorrow, Tuesday.

The European Youth Show Jumping Championships take place at Zuidwolde in The Netherlands where James Kernan will manage the three Irish teams – U14 (COH), U18 (Junior) and U21 (Young Rider). The GAIN Irish U14 team will get the action underway on Tuesday with their first competition, with the team medals set to be decided on Thursday followed by individual medals on Saturday. The GAIN Irish U18 and U21 teams face their first round of jumping on Wednesday and will be hoping to be in contention for medals in Friday’s team final while individual medals will be awarded on Sunday.

The European Youth Eventing Championships take place just over 100km from Zuidwolde at Maarsbergen where Dag Albert will manage the GAIN Irish U18 Eventing team while Sue Shortt manages the Irish U21 Eventing team. Both competitions get underway on Thursday with the first of two days of Dressage. The Cross Country phase takes place on Saturday before the team and individual medals are awarded following the final Show Jumping phase on Sunday.

GAIN Irish U14 (COH) Show Jumping squad (managed by James Kernan)

Kilkenny’s Eoin Brennan with Butuela
Clare’s Lily O’Dea with Seaspray (ISH)
Kilkenny’s Martha Hughes-Bravo with HHS California (ISH)
Fermanagh’s Matthew Conlon with Bally Kingdom Clover (ISH)
Down’s Maeve Clarke with Ukato Cruise (ISH)

GAIN Irish U18 (Junior) Show Jumping squad (managed by James Kernan)
Mayo’s Ciaran Nallon with Cloe GP Z
Wexford’s Harry Allen with Dancing Queen Z
Kilkenny’s Jack Ryan with Essenar High Hopes or Moneybroom Dancer (ISH)
Athlone’s Kate Derwin with AHG Whiterock High Dam (ISH)
Kilkenny’s Seamus Hughes Kennedy with Consun (ISH)

GAIN Irish U21 (Young Rider) Show Jumping squad (managed by James Kernan)
Sligo’s Cian Harrison with Tabby (ISH)(TIH)
Carlow’s Jason Foley with Uncas S
Kildare’s Michael Pender with Casanova Van Overis Z or HHS Burnchurch (ISH)
Waterford’s Nicholas Connors with Abordable Du Talus
Kilkenny’s Susan Fitzpatrick with Fellow Castlefield

GAIN Irish U18 (Junior) Eventing squad, (managed by Dag Albert)
Westmeath’s Sam Carey – Blessington Kamikaze
Westmeath’s Chloe Fagan – Versace Biscuit (ISH) (TIH)
Dublin’s Lilly Keogh – Master Tredstep (ISH)
Laois’ Jennifer Kuehnle – Polly Blue Eyes
Down’s Katherine O’Hare – Miracle
Cork’s Molly O’Neill – Clearistown Flavia (ISH) (TIH)

GAIN U21 (Young Rider) Eventing squad, (managed by Sue Shortt)
Down’s Ella Boyle – Catriona (ISH)
Tipperary’s Luke Coen – Stroke of Genius (ISH) (TIH)
Down’s Anna Kelly – Something Special VI
Kilkenny’s Christine O’Donnell – Blessington Prince Royal
Down’s Robyn McCluskey – Rum Jumbie (ISH)
Kildare’s Megan Telford-Kelly – Mr Chocolate (ISH)


The Irish Youth squads for 2019 FEI European Youth Show Jumping and Eventing Championships are sponsored by GAIN Equine Nutrition 

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