IRISH show jumping High Performance director, Michael Blake has announced his squad for the Longines FEI Aga Khan Nations Cup at the Dublin Horse Show.
The Underwriting Exchange Aga Khan squad in alphabetical order is as follows:
Wexford’s Bertram Allen
Meath’s Cian O’Connor
Down’s Conor Swail
Cork’s Shane Sweetnam
Tipperary’s Max Wachman
Speaking about the upcoming Nations Cup, Blake said:“We are very much looking forward to the Aga Khan, it is always a very important and special Nations Cup for us, even more so this year as we have missed the Dublin Horse Show due to Covid for the last two years. It is always a huge privilege to compete on home soil and I’m very optimistic of a good result with what I believe is a very strong squad”
The Aga Khan will be shown live on RTÉ 2 television on Friday, August 19th, and will be the fourth points-scoring round of the 2022 season in Europe Division 1 and Ireland’s last chance to gain points for the FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona. Dublin Horse Show will take place at the RDS, Dublin from the 17th to the 21st August.
Following the Longines FEI Nations Cup of Ireland at the Dublin Horse Show, the top seven teams on the league table will qualify for the Nations Cup final in Barcelona. The teams who finish in eighth, ninth and tenth places on the table will be relegated to the EEF Series for 2023. Five teams, (France, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland) will compete for Nations Cup points in Dublin, while USA and Brazil will also field teams in Dublin but will not be eligible for points.
Current Longines FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 1 league standings available here.