The Irish Eventing team got their World Equestrian Games campaign underway today (Thursday) with Galway's Cathal Daniels celebrating his 22nd birthday in style with an impressive performance.
Riding Frank and Margaret Kinsella’s Rioghan Rua (ISH), Daniels finished the dressage phase with a score of 34.0, which puts them in 23rd place at the moment. Carlow's Sam Watson was the first Irish rider into the arena and posted a score of 35.5 with Horseware Ardagh Highlight (ISH). They lie in 27th place overnight.
Irish Eventing team manager Sally Corscadden will see her remaining three riders - Padraig McCarthy, Sarah Ennis and Patricia Ryan, perform their dressage tests tomorrow (Friday). The cross country phase of the Eventing competition takes place on Saturday, with the Eventing medals decided following the show jumping phase on Sunday.
Germany’s Julia Krajewski posted an incredible score of 19.90 to lead after day one, ahead of the USA’s Boyd Martin and Britain’s Piggy French with the Irish Sport Horse Quarrycrest Echo.
DRESSAGE TEAM MEDALS
Irish individual dressage rider Judy Reynolds has qualified for tomorrow's (Friday) Grand Prix Special Final.
Riding the Joe and Kathleen Reynolds-owned gelding Vancouver K, Judy produced a score of 71.957% in Wednesday's first individual final, which was good enough to see her finish inside the top 30 in 26th place.
The German team of Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, Dorothee Schneider, Sonke Rothenberger and Isabell Werth won the team gold medal on a score of 242.950. All the pressure was heaped on America’s Laura Graves when she was last to go and needed a score in the 80s to secure the silver medal for the home nation.
She delivered aboard the brilliant Verdades (81.630) and in the process relegated Great Britain to the bronze medal position.
The first session of the Grand Prix Special final starts at 2pm Irish time, with the new world championship medals decided by 10.30pm.