A machine of a team” is how Irish Chef d’Equipe, Michael Blake, describes the collective effort of the Senior show jumping horse-and-rider combinations that did Ireland proud in 2023, highlighted by the historic five-star Nations Cup victory in Rome in May and the silver medals collected at the European Championships in Milan in September.

Finishing the year as the number-one-ranked country in the world, and with five riders in the top 20 and 10 in the top 100 in the individual world rankings, it’s now all guns blazing ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, which are only just over six months away.