Rodrigo Pessoa and Horse Sport Ireland have announced the Irish Show Jumping Team for 2019 Longines FEI European Championships, which take place at Rotterdam in The Netherlands. The Irish are the reigning European Team Champions, a feat achieved at Gothenburg, Sweden in 2017.
The 2019 European Championships presents the second-last opportunity for teams to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The Irish Show Jumping squad, sponsored by Devenish & The Underwriting Exchange, for the 2019 Longines FEI European Championships is as follows: (alphabetical order)
Darragh Kenny (IRL) & Balou du Reventon – owned by Ann Thompson
Peter Moloney (IRL) & Chianti’s Champion – owned by Team Harmony
Cian O’Connor (IRL) & PSG Final – owned by Ronnoco Jump Ltd
Paul O’Shea (IRL) & Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu – owned by Machu Picchu Partners LLC
Shane Sweetnam (IRL) & Alejandro – owned by Seabrook LLC
Rodrigo Pessoa (pictured) is hopeful that Ireland can achieve a positive result at the Championships and knows that it promises to be a hard-fought battle:
“We are aware of the importance of this event. This is what we have been waiting for now for a while. We have prolonged this by not qualifying [for the Olympic Games] last year so this is now our chance to do it. We are very respectful of the nations whom we are competing against and we will be very focused on obtaining our qualification and fighting for a team medal,” Pessoa said.
Source: Press release from Horse Sport Ireland
Photos: © FEI Photos
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