Ireland Names Team for 2018 World Equestrian Games

Sam Watson and Horseware Ardagh Highlight. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Ireland has announced their team for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games at Tryon. Congratulations to the following horses and riders:

  • Padraig McCarthy and Mr Chunky, owned by Christopher and Sarita Perkins, Huw Lloyd and Lucy Wiegersma
  • Aoife Clark and Fernhill Adventure, owned by Richard Last and Aoife Clark
  • Cathal Daniels and Rioghan Rua, owned by Margaret Kinsella
  • Sarah Ennis and Horseware Stellor Rebound, owned by Horseware Products Ltd., Niki Potterton and Orla Ennis
  • Sam Watson and Horseware Ardagh Highlight, owned by Belinda Keir

Five reserves have also been named in the following order:

  • 1st  Tim Bourke and Luckaun Quality
  • 2nd Patricia Ryan and Dunrath Eclipse
  • 3rd Joseph Murphy and Sportsfield Othello
  • 4th  Ciaran Glynn and November Night
  • 5th  Clare Abbott and Euro Prince

All combinations are required to maintain their current form and soundness to remain on the squad for WEG.

Irish Eventing Team Manager Sally Corscadden commented: “It is very exciting to be travelling with a squad that has achieved competitive individual performances at four-star and championship level. Our job is to progress this into a competitive team result and a qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Our eventing squads have consistently  produced top class results at a broad range of three and four-star internationals this spring, including a podium finish in the Nations Cup at Houghton Hall, and three riders finishing in the top 10 at four-star level.”

“We would like to thank our coaches, the squad members, their owners and supporters for all their hard work behind the scenes. We would also like to thank everyone who supported us at our fundraising demo nights and race and also all our Team Ireland Equestrian sponsors. It is a huge benefit to be able to send the team with the proper training, support and preparations in place to help them to perform to the best of their ability and make Ireland proud.”

Sally also added that the team’s thoughts and prayers remain with Jonty Evans following his fall at Tattersalls: “He is always in our thoughts and we will definitely be wearing green for Jonty.”

[Horse Sport Ireland announce Irish Eventing squad for FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, USA]