Senior Show Jumping Team named for FEI Nations Cup in Sopot

  • 14 June 2023, 16:04

Mikey Pender and HHS Calais (ISH) after the jump-off win at the Nations Cup in Rome

A team consisting of Alexander Butler, Jack Ryan, Mikey Pender and Michael G Duffy will line up for the FEI Longines Show Jumping Nations Cup of Sopot, Poland on Sunday, 18th of June.

Michael Blake’s The Underwriting Exchange Irish Show Jumping Team will be competing for qualification points in Europe, Division 1, for the first time this season.

Coming off the back of an extremely successful campaign around the world, Ireland are aiming to qualify for the Nations Cup final in Barcelona later in the year.

Two Irish Sport Horses will be jumping the CSIO5* 1.60m Nations Cup as Pender combines with HHS Calais and Ryan with BBS McGregor.

Having recently finished on top of the podium in both Rome and Vancouver, the team will be hopeful of a similar level of performance in Poland to kick the group off in style and have been drawn seventh of the eight nations.

The Underwriting Exchange Irish Show Jumping Team competing in Sopot, Poland is;

  • Alexander Butler with Ti Amo B Z, owned by Milestone Farm
  • Mikey Pender with HHS Calais (ISH), owned by Bravo Hughes Ltd.
  • Michael G Duffy with Clitschko 17, owned by Carl Hanley Sporthorses GmbH and Niall Talbot
  • Jack Ryan with BBS McGregor (ISH), owned by Marguerite Ryan


HHS Calais (ISH) – 2011 gelding by Cavalier Royale (HOLST) out of MHS OBOS Cruise (ISH) by OBOS Quality (OLD). Breeder: Ita Brennan, Co. Kilkenny. Owner: Bravo Hughes Ltd. Rider: Michael Pender (IRL).

BBS McGregor (ISH) – 2012 gelding by Cardento (HOLST) out of Random Chance (ISH) by Mark Twain (TB). Breeder and Owner: Marguerite Ryan, Co. Kilkenny. Rider: Jack Ryan (IRL)


The Irish Show Jumping team is sponsored by The Underwriting Exchange

Charles Ancona – Official athlete clothing supplier to HSI’s Senior Olympic programmes