THE Gain Equine Nutrition Children on Horses Showjumping team today (Wednesday) claimed Team Silver at the European Championships in Fontainebleau, France.
A total of 20 teams took part in today’s Championship.
The Irish team of Sarah Fitzgerald, Rhys Williams, Lucy Morton, Ciaran Foley and Isobel Hughes Kennedy (individual), managed by James Kernan, finished on eight penalties to claim Team Silver.
Germany claimed Team Gold on four penalties and Belgium secured Bronze with 13 penalties.
Irish Team Manager for the Children on Horses, James Kernan said: “I am very proud of the athletes today as they fought hard under pressure from Belgium and Germany and delivered outstanding performances to claim Silver. I’d like to thank the parents, owners and sponsors without whom today’s team medals wouldn’t be possible.”
Ireland's Rhys Williams and CES Cruson in action at Fontainebleau today (Photo: Tomas Holcbecher)
Horse Sport Ireland’s CEO Ronan Murphy said: “On behalf of Horse Sport Ireland, I would like to congratulate these exceptional young athletes on a fantastic performance in Fontainebleau to win the European Silver Medal. I also want to pay tribute to team manager James Kernan, the HSI high performance committee and our sponsors, suppliers and supporters. I would especially like to mention the parents of these young athletes and the owners of their horses.”
Head of GAIN Equine Nutrition, Mary Delaney, added: “Congratulations to the Children on Horses winning Team Silver at the European Championships in Fontainbleau, France. We at GAIN are delighted to see these talented riders succeed on a global stage.”
A total of five Irish teams are competing at this week’s European Championships in Fontainebleau, France; Children on Horses, Junior & Young Rider Showjumping, Junior & Young Rider Eventing along with one individual in Children on Horses Dressage. The Children on Horses team are the first team to complete their European Championships campaign.
(Equiline is the Official athlete clothing supplier of Team Ireland Equestrian)