Splaine confirms Ireland’s team for Friday’s Aga Khan Trophy

  • 6 August 2015, 18:04

IRELAND’S show jumping manager Robert Splaine has this evening (Thursday) confirmed his team of four riders and horses that will contest the world-famous Aga Khan Trophy competition at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show tomorrow afternoon (Friday).

The Irish quartet, sponsored for the first time by Investec, will line out as follows:

Bertram Allen with Romanov
Greg Broderick with MHS Going Global (ISH)
Cian O’Connor with Good Luck
Darragh Kenny with Sans Soucis Z

Ireland was this morning drawn in the difficult position of first to jump of the eight teams competing, and 20 year-old Bertram Allen will therefore be the first rider on the turf of the main arena in the RDS when the Nations’ Cup begins at 3pm in front of what is expected to be a capacity crowd.

Meath’s Cian O’Connor will be making his 100th Nations’ Cup appearance for Ireland on Friday, while Tipperary’s Greg Broderick is taking part in his first Aga Khan competition.

Dublin is the last of the Furuiyya FEI Nations’ Cup series for 2015. A total of ten nations have competed in Europe Division I during the season, and seven of those teams will qualify for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2015 Final which takes place in Barcelona, Spain from 24 to 27 September.

Ireland however, will have an even bigger test later this month when it attempts to obtain team qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics at the European Show Jumping Championships in Aachen, Germany.

Irish show jumping manager Robert Splaine and the Aga Khan trophy

Irish show jumping manager Robert Splaine and the Aga Khan trophy