IRELAND’S show jumping chef d’equipe Michael Blake has chosen an experienced quintet of Darragh Kenny, Daniel Coyle, Cian O’Connor, Denis Lynch and Bertram Allen for the FEI World Championships in Herning, Denmark from August 10th to 14th.
Hopes will be high for the Irish after a successful season which includes four Nations Cup wins in Langley, Abu Dhabi, Wellington and Lisbon.
Blake commented: “I’ve selected a vastly experienced team – Denis has a wealth of experience and, while Brooklyn Heights might be relatively new to him, he has been ultra-consistent and has won a Grand Prix in Rome along the way.
“VDL Cartello and Darragh Kenny are a pairing who know what it takes at this level too – Cartello was brilliant in the Nations Cup final last year in Barcelona, jumping double clear. He has enjoyed a fantastic season so far and was successful in Mexico City.
“Cian O’Connor has jumped at many, many championships and has been the highest-placed member of the team at the last few Olympic Games. He has an exciting new partnership with C Vier 2 and the pair have been clear in two Nations Cups. He is a horse who is improving all the time at the top level.
“Daniel Coyle and Legacy have been brilliant out in Florida and came back and jumped double clear for the team in Rotterdam at the Nations Cup.”
“Bertram and Pacino won the five-star Grand Prix at the Winter Equestrian Festival earlier in the year and also in Stockholm in June so they bring top-class form and experience to the team,” Blake added.
Trevor Breen and Highland President have been selected as the non-travelling reserve and Blake added: “That really is a promising pair for the future, he’s a very exciting horse.”
Ireland travel to Hickstead next for the Longines FEI Nations Cup Series, before going to Herning and then return home for the Dublin Horse Show. “I believe we can get a great result at the World Championships; I think we’ll certainly be in contention to win a medal,” Blake said.
“We have been building towards this and have had four Nations Cups wins. It has been a very good year so far and I’m looking forward to the team going out there and performing well. I must also thank our owners, for providing these wonderful horses to Team Ireland and giving us the opportunity to compete for medals at such a high level.”
Irish team for the FEI World Championships:
Daniel Coyle with Legacy – owned by Ariel Grange & Daniel Coyle; Groom: Greg Debie
Cian O’Connor with C Vier 2 – owned by Susan Magnier; Groom: Mie Ostersen
Darragh Kenny with VDL Cartello – owned by Heathman Farm LLC; Groom: Nickki O’Donovan
Denis Lynch with Brooklyn Heights – owned by Molly Ohrstrom; Groom: Gwendoline Bellamy
Bertram Allen with Pacino Amiro (ISH) – owned by Aidan McGrory; Groom: Lovisa Munter
Trevor Breen with Highland President – owned by Heather Black; Groom: Katie King