Irish Reining athlete Bernard O’Sullivan qualifies for World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018
- 25 June 2018, 15:23
Following the publication of official results from the recent CRI 3*** Reining competition at Red Deer, Alberta in Canada, Horse Sport Ireland are delighted to confirm that Irish Reining athlete Bernard O’Sullivan has reached the qualification standard for this years FEI World Equestrian Games at Tryon, North Carolina USA.
Riding the Wendy Kemble & Mark Harding-owned Hang Ten To Yuma, O’Sullivan achieved a score of 70 at the Canadian venue.
Commenting after his run, Bernard said:
“Mission accomplished. It has been a life-long ambition of mine and my family to represent Ireland at this level. I’m so grateful to my family and friends for all their support. I can’t thank enough the trainers, owners and clinicians I have the pleasure to work with to achieve this.”
Bernard is also member of the Irish Quarter Horse Association who are the Horse Sport Ireland affiliate for Western and Reining disciplines.
Association secretary Derek O ‘Byrne-White said,
“Bernard’s achievements are just amazing given the challenges he had to face. Showing in Chile, Australia, and now in Canada on three different horses. Scoring 71.5 and 70 with horses he had such a short time to prepare with. In Canada after his qualifying run he went back in with another loan horse in a rookie class and achieved reserve Champion with just 30 minutes familiarisation. It speaks volumes about Bernard’s horsemanship skills.”