Splaine names Irish squad for Barcelona Nations’ Cup final

  • 21 September 2013, 10:10

IRISH show jumping team manager Robert Splaine today (Saturday) announced his squad for the important Nations’ Cup Final to be held at Barcelona in Spain next week.

Ireland’s squad, in alphabetical order, will be:
Bertram Allen
Shane Breen
Cameron Hanley
Denis Lynch
Billy Twomey

Horses will be announced shortly.

Ireland is one of 18 nations from around the globe to have qualified for the inaugural FEI Furusiyya FEI Nations’ Cup Jumping Final, and one of just six to qualify from the Europe Division One class, which concluded at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show in August.

The draw for the order-of-go will be staged on Thursday 26 September at Barcelona. The first of the three Furusiyya Final competitions will be held on Friday 27. It will be a one-round class over a 1m60 course built by Spanish course designer Santiago Varela Ullastres, and all 18 teams will compete.

Only the top eight teams will go through to Sunday’s final. The remaining ten teams will line out on Saturday in the Team Consolation competition, which again is a one-round 1m60 class, and which offers €300,000 in prize money.

Sunday’s third and last leg of the Final offers a massive €1,500,000 in prize money and is a one-round competition with a jump-off, if required, to decide first place.

All nations start on a zero score, and with the added incentive of an additional prize pot of €200,000 which will be equally divided between all those achieving a clear round in the first Furusiyya FEI Nations’ Cup Jumping Final competition on Friday, and/or a fault-free effort in the first round on Sunday afternoon.

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