HORSE Sport Ireland’s acting High Performance director for Eventing, Dag Albert, has named his squad for the FEI Eventing World Championships in Pratoni (ITA).
Albert has chosen a strong squad that will bid for qualification for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games with a top-sev finish in Italy from September 15th-18th.
Albert said: “I am delighted with the squad that are travelling to the World Eventing Championships. I have chosen a squad that has a huge amount of experience between them and I believe we can get a great result in Pratoni. Our ultimate goal is to get Olympic qualification for Paris 2024 and I believe this is really achievable.
“I am really looking forward to the team going out there and performing and I would like to give a huge thank you to our owners, for their ongoing support to Team Ireland and giving us the opportunity to compete for medals at such a high level. Also, a special mention to the grooms and all of the people who work so hard in the background – we wouldn’t have a team without them.”
The Horse Sport Ireland FEI Eventing World Championship squad in alphabetical order is:Susie Berry with Monbeg By Design (ISH) [was Eskerhills Elixir] – 2012 gelding by Pacino (BWP) out of Eskerhills Lexis [ISH] by Puissance (ISH)[TIH]. Breeder: Fiona Molloy (Offaly). Owner: Helen Caton. Groom: Crisy SalmonPadraig McCarthy with Fallulah (WESTF) – 2009 brown mare by Fidertanz 2 out of Devona by Di Versace. Bred by: Michael Norris, Owner: Amanda and Nicholas Boyle, Diane Brunsden, Peter Cattel and Padraig McCarthy. Groom: Jess ElliottJoseph Murphy with Calmaro (BRAND) 2011 grey gelding by Carpalano out of Unknown. Owner: Claire Mayne, Charlie Mayne, Joseph Murphy and Annette O’Callaghan. Groom: Ryan HopperAustin O’Connor with Colorado Blue (SHBGB) – 2009 grey gelding by Jaguar Mail out of Rock Me Baby by Rock Kind. Bred by Mellon Stud, Owner Austin O’Connor and The Salty Syndicate Groom: Francesca DenningSam Watson with SAP Talisman (ISH) – 2011 bay gelding by Puissance (ISH) out of Ali Row (TB) by All Royal (TB). Breeder: Rosemary Ponsonby. Owner: Hannah Watson and Julia Watson. Groom: Hannah Watson
Non-travelling Reserves:Felicity Ward with Regal Bounty (ISH) – 2011 black gelding by Orestus VDL (KWPN) out of Edge of Reason (ISH) by Senang Hati (TB). Breeder: Miriam De Feu. Owner: James O’CallaghanMichael Ryan with Barnahown Corn Hill (ISH) – 2011 brown gelding by Chinook Eclipse (TB) (USA) and out of Mats Lady (UNK). Bred by Michael Lynch Co Cork. Owners: Carol and Tom Henry