JANE Kinsella has named her Gain Equine Nutrition Irish pony eventing squad for the upcoming pony Eventing European Championships in Westerstede.

Kinsella sends a squad of six to the championships, with hopes high the team can reproduce some excellent recent results. Ireland won bronze at the FEI European Championships for Ponies in Le Mans, France, last year, following on from a gold medal win in 2022.

Squad members can also boast recent results, with many of them in the ribbons at last week’s Kilguilkey House International, including Bonnie O’Neill, who won the CCIP2*-L, Jessica O’Ryan who was second and Isabelle Walsh, who was fourth (see page 98).

“I am very pleased to announce the squad for the upcoming pony European Championships in Westerstede,” Kinsella said. “I would like to congratulate them on their performances leading to their selection and I would also like to take this opportunity to thank their parents and support teams on their hard work, commitment and dedication to the High Performance pony eventing programme.

The travelling squad, in alphabetical order, is:

  • Zara McCarthy (Tipperary) with Romans Special Envoy (ISH).
  • Bonnie O’Neill (Kildare) with Woody Sammy – (CP).
  • Jessica O’Ryan (Kildare) with Carhu Melody – (CP).
  • Sophie Swain (Tipperary) with Here Comes Trouble (ISH).
  • Isabelle Walsh (Kildare) with Lucky For Some (ISH).
  • Carla Williamson (Meath) with Galco.
  • Non-travelling reserves, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Suzie Cosgrove (Meath) with Kilcoltrim Swift.
  • Kitty Cullen (Armagh) with Greenaun Russel – (CP).
  • David Keatley (Kildare) with Crosskeys Bella – (CP).
  • Gilby Monaghan (Carlow) with Longwood Laura – (CP).
  • Holly Ross (Antrim) with Star of Hollymount.