Irish Show Jumping squad named for Portuguese Nations Cup

  • 13 November 2020, 11:59

Irish Show Jumping team manager Michael Blake has named his squad for the three-star FEI Nations Cup which takes place at Vilamoura in Portugal this Tuesday November 17th.

A large group of Irish and international riders have been based at the Portuguese venue for the past number of weeks, with up to six outdoor arenas in operation. Weather conditions in Vilamoura remain extremely pleasant even into mid November with temperatures for the week ahead expected to reach up to 23 degrees celsius.

Up to 13 teams will line out in the Vilamoura Nations Cup, with the Irish squad, sponsored by Devenish and The Underwriting Exchange, named as follows:

Tipperary’s Shane Breen with Z7 Ipswich – owned by Z7 Horses & Shane Breen

Galway’s Michael Duffy with Zilton SL Z – owned by HMF Equestrian & Michael Duffy

Sligo’s Richard Howley with Arlo De Blondel – owned by Sarah Borthwick, HK Horses & Richard Howley

Kildare’s Mikey Pender with HHS Burnchurch (ISH) – owned by Miguel Maria Bravo

Derry’s David Simpson with Foudre F – owned by Breen Equestrian & Quirke Sport Horses


The Portuguese Nations Cup starts on Tuesday at 1.30pm Irish time and will be available to watch live HERE 

The Irish Show Jumping team is sponsored by Devenish & The Underwriting Exchange
Equiline – Official athlete clothing supplier of Team Ireland Equestrian


HHS Burnchurch (ISH) – 2010 gelding by Heritage Fortunus (HANN) out China Cavalier (ISH), by Cavalier Royale (HOLST). Breeder: Marion Hughes, Co. Kilkenny. Owner: Miguel Maria Bravo.