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IRELAND’S Eventing High Performance Manager Nick Turner today (Wednesday) revealed his four-strong team that will compete at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy from tomorrow (Thursday).
With all its eventing horses now having passed the veterinary check, the Irish team will be:
Aoife Clark with Fenya’s Elegance
Sarah Ennis with Horseware Stellor Rebound
Joseph Murphy with Electric Cruise
Sam Watson with Horseware Bushman
Camilla Speirs and Portersize Just a Jiff and Clare Abbott with Euro Prince will compete as individuals.
The entire squad are mounted on Irish Sport Horses.
The dressage phase of championship eventing at Normandy starts on Thursday, with Watson first up at 10:26 am, followed by Abbott at 12:18 pm and Ennis at 15:12 pm. Speirs, Murphy and Clark undertake their dressage tests on Friday.
The cross country element of the Eventing championships takes place on Saturday, with the final show jumping phase deciding medals on Sunday.
In Para Dressage, Ireland’s sole entry today, Breda Bernie with the Irish Sport Horse Master Mexico, finished tenth in the Grade 1b Individual Test on a score of 68.069 per cent. The remaining para dressage riders compete tomorrow.
WEG’s Endurance competition also begins on Thursday morning, and Ireland is represented by Tom MacGuinness with Horseware LR Arista and Helen McFarland on Just Cmall.
The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy brings together close to 1,000 riders and 1,000 horses from 74 nations for 15 days of world-class competition. The World Equestrian Games take place every four years, halfway between sets of consecutive Summer Olympic Games, and are administered by the world governing body, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI).