Irish Eventing squads named for 2021 European Championships and Aachen Nations Cup

  • 6 September 2021, 19:30

Irish Eventing team manager Sally Corscadden has named her squads for the upcoming World Equestrian Festival in Aachen Germany and 2021 FEI Eventing European Championships in Avenches, Switzerland.

The Aachen Nations Cup CCIO4*-S starts on Friday September 17th with the Dressage and Jumping phase before the Cross Country phase the following day.

The Irish squad for Aachen Nations Cup is as follows:

Cathal Daniels with Rioghan Rua (ISH) – owned by Margaret and Frank Kinsella
Alex Donohoe with Kilcandra Bonnie Reward (ISH) – owned by Daphne Ladley
Joseph Murphy with Calmaro – owned by Claire & Charlie Mayne, Joseph Murphy and Annette O’Callaghan
Elizabeth Power with Azure (ISH) – owned by Elizabeth Power
Sam Watson with Ballybolger Talisman (ISH) – owned by Julia Watson and Sam Watson

The FEI Eventing European Championships take place this year at Avenches in Switzerland from September 23rd to 26th.

The Irish squad is as follows:

Clare Abbott with Jewelent (ISH) – owned by – Catherine Abbott, Barbra Allen and Lisa Rosbothm
Cathal Daniels with LEB Lias Jewel (ISH) – owned by Jo Breheny
Padraig McCarthy with Leonidas II – owned by – Diane Brunsden, Peter Cattell and Padraig McCarthy or Fallulah – owned by Amanda Boyle, Nicholas Boyle, Diane Brunsden, Peter Cattell and Padraig McCarthy
Joseph Murphy with Cesar V – owned by The Way Forward Syndicate
Fred Scala with Everon Vivendi (ISH) – owned by Emilio & Fred Scala
Steven Smith with Galwaybay Echo (ISH) – owned by June Burgess

Irish Eventing team manager Sally Corscadden (Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile)

Speaking ahead of the important fixtures in Aachen and the European Championships in Avenches, Irish Eventing team manager Sally Corscadden said:

“In an Olympic year, it is very positive for Irish Eventing to field teams to compete at both the prestigious Aachen Nations Cup and the Senior Europeans Championships in Avenches, Switzerland. After the loss of so many top events and restrictions in travel over the past year, these are both great competitions for our athletes to gain valuable international experience at the highest level.

The European team has a mix of experienced and first time athletes. Along with Cathal Daniels, it is great to have Padraig McCarthy, Joseph Murphy and Clare Abbott back at a Championship, and to give Fred Scala and Steven Smith their first caps. On their day, all these combinations can deliver strong competitive performances. From the six travelling combinations, four will be selected to represent Ireland as a team and the two remaining athletes will compete as individuals.

Aachen is a Nations Cup like no other, with a real Championship feel. The most experienced combination is Cathal Daniels and Rioghan Rua, Joseph, Sam and Esib [Elizabeth Power] are very experienced but are on up-and-coming horses, it will be great exposure for them.

In particular, I would like to thank the owners of these horses, who invest so much in our sport and without who it would not be possible for us to compete on the world stage.”

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