HORSE Sport Ireland has named the 10 riders and horses who have made it onto the squad for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
The final team selection will be made by Nick Turner from this squad.
Aoife Clark and Joseph Murphy are both named with two horses apiece.
Young Galway rider Cathal Daniels and his teammates from the 2015 winning Nations Cup team at Boekelo are also named – Jonty Evans and Padraig McCarthy.
Austin O’Connor is named with two horses, while WEG graduates Clare Abbott and Sam Watson have one each.
British-based Mark Kyle and Cork-based Michael Ryan complete the list of 10.
In The Irish Field this week Sally Parkyn catches up with Irish team manager Nick Turner to talk tactics for the coming months. Don’t miss it- online from 9.30pm Friday and in shops on Saturday.
Here is the complete squad named by Horse Sport Ireland:
1. Austin O’ Connor with Balham Houdini & Kilpatrick Knight
Kilpatrick Knight (ISH) – 2005 bay gelding by Master Imp (TB) out of Golden Choice (ISH) by Golden Trump (ID). Breeder: Joan J Dolan. Owner: Mrs W Foster.
Balham Houdini (ISH) – 2004 bay gelding by Warrenstown You 2 (ISH) out of Mimi (ISH) by Hallo (SF). Breeder: Ronan Tynan. Owner: Austin O’Connor and Kate Jarvey.
2. Joseph Murphy with Westwinds Hercules, Sportsfield Othello
Westwinds Hercules (ISH) – 2005 bay gelding by Ramiro B (BWP) out of Westwinds Clover (ISH) by Porter Rhodes (TB). Breeder: Alice Keogh. Owner: Alison Schmutz & Andrew Tinkler
Sportsfield Othello (ISH) – 2001 Bay Gelding by Ricardo Z (ZANG) out of Moy View Lady (ISH) by Ring of Ford (TB). Breeder: John Kenny Owners: Jill Murphy, Alison Schmutz & Andrew Tinkler
3. Aoife Clark with Fernhill Adventure & Wasting Light
Fernhill Adventure (ISH) – 2006 bay gelding by Newmarket Venture out of Cloverwood, by Cloverhill. Breeder: Mary Quinlivan. Owner: Richard Last
Wasting Light. (ISH) – 2007 gelding by Ghareeb (TB) out of Barnview Diamond (ISH) by Furisto’s Diamond (ISH) Breeder: Patrick Jones (Wexford). Rider: Aoife Clark (IRL) Owner:John Forde & Cressida Legge
4. Clare Abbott & Euro Prince (ISH)
Euro Prince (ISH) – 2003 chestnut gelding by Lougheries Quiet Man (UNK) out of Miss Tullydraw. (UNK). Breeder & Owner: Dr. Cormac McKay.
5. Sam Watson and Horseware Lukeswell (ISH)
Horseware Lukeswell (ISH) – 2005 bay gelding by Puissance (ISH) out of Gentle Servant (ISH) by Kings Servant (ISH). Breeder: Teresa Walsh. Owner: Sam Watson and Horseware Products Ltd.
6. Jonty Evans & Cooley Rorkes Drift (ISH)
Cooley Rorkes Drift (ISH) 2006 gelding by Courage II out of Doon-A-Ree-Lass, by Rachelle Comet. Breeder: William McCarrison Owner: Fiona Elliot
7. Mark Kyle & Jemilla
Jemilla, SHBGB, 2006 bay mare by Mill Law out of Jessica XIX by Louella Moschallah. Owner: Shelagh Moorley
8. Cathal Daniels/Rioghan Rua (ISH)
Rioghan Rua (ISH) 2007 chestnut mare by Jack Of Diamonds (SWB) out of Highland Destiny (ISH), by Flagmount King (ID). Owner/Bred by Margaret Kinsella, Co. Galway. Rider: Cathal Daniels (IRL) –
9. Padraig McCarthy /Simon Porloe
Simon Porloe (PZHK) 2000 bay gelding by Sofix out of Babilonia by Czubaryk. Owner: Christopher & Sarita Perkins
10. Michael Ryan / Ballylynch Adventure & Dunlough Striker
Ballylynch Adventure (ISH) – 2000 chestnut gelding by Don Juan De La Bouverie (SBS) out of Stanman Girl (TB), by Standaan (TB). Bred by John B Hughes, Co. Meath. Owner: Carol & Tom Henry & Sheila Foley. Rider: Michael Ryan (IRL)
Dun Lough Striker (ISH) – 2005 bay gelding by Maltstriker (KWPN out of Beau Rud (ISH) by Beau Royal (TB). Bred by Kevin Nolan. Owner: Carol Henry. Rider: Michael Ryan (IRL)