Dublin, Ireland – July 14, 2022 – Horse Sport Ireland and Ireland’s Chef d’equipe, Michael Blake, have announced the Irish showjumping team for the upcoming 2022 ECCO FEI World Championships, from the 6th to the 14th of August, in Herning, Denmark.
The following combinations have been selected to represented Ireland there:
- Daniel Coyle (IRL) & Legacy – owned by Ariel Grange & Daniel Coyle; Groom: Greg Debie
- Cian O’Connor (IRL) & C Vier 2 – owned by Susan Magnier; Groom: Mie Ostersen
- Darragh Kenny (IRL) & VDL Cartello – owned by Heathman Farm LLC; Groom: Nickki O’Donovan
- Denis Lynch (IRL) & Brooklyn Heights – owned by Molly Ohrstrom; Groom: Gwendoline Bellamy
- Bertram Allen (IRL) & Pacino Amiro (ISH) – owned by Aidan McGrory; Groom: Lovisa Munter
- Trevor Breen with Highland President – owned by Heather Black; Groom: Katie King
Here’s what Chef d’Equipe Michael Blake had to say:
“I’ve selected a vastly experienced team – Denis has a wealth of experience and, while Brooklyn Heights might be relatively new to him, he has been ultra-consistent and has won a Grand Prix in Rome along the way.
“VDL Cartello and Darragh Kenny are a pairing who know what it takes at this level too – Cartello was brilliant in the Nations Cup final last year in Barcelona, jumping double clear. He has enjoyed a fantastic season so far and was successful in Mexico City.
“Cian O’Connor has jumped at many, many championships and has been the highest-placed member of the team at the last few Olympic Games. He has an exciting new partnership with C Vier 2 and the pair have been clear in two Nations Cups. He is a horse who is improving all the time at the top level.
“Daniel Coyle and Legacy have been brilliant out in Florida and came back and jumped double clear for the team in Rotterdam at the Nations Cup.”
“Bertram and Pacino won the five-star Grand Prix at the Winter Equestrian Festival earlier in the year and also in Stockholm in June so they bring top-class form and experience to the team,” Blake added.
Trevor Breen and Highland President have been selected as the non-travelling reserve and Blake added: “That really is a promising pairing for the future, he’s a very exciting horse.”
Having only been denied in a jump-off by Belgium at the Sopot leg of the Nations Cup, Ireland backed that up with another podium finish in Rotterdam.
“I believe we can get a great result at the World Equestrian Games; I think we’ll certainly be in contention to win a medal,” Blake said.
“We have been building towards this and have had four Nations Cups wins. It has been a very good year so far and I’m looking forward to the team going out there and performing well.
“I must also thank our owners, for providing these wonderful horses to Team Ireland and giving us the opportunity to compete for medals at such a high level.”
Next up will be Hickstead before Ireland head off to Denmark for the world games, returning home for the Aga Khan Trophy at the Dublin Horse Show.
About the 2022 ECCO FEI World Championships
200,000 visitors are expected at the ECCO FEI World Championships in Herning from 6 – 14 August 2022, when Denmark welcomes the very best riders and their horses. About 200 million TV viewers will watch the competitions as the best riders and vaulters compete for medals and honours. From August 10, show jumping competitions will be held in the Stutteri Ask Stadium, while Para Dressage will be shown in the BB Horse Arena – a 3000 seat arena built especially for the occasion
Source: Press Release from Horse Sport Ireland
Photo: © FEI / Christophe Taniére