Ireland collected another medal at the U16 (Pony) European Championships at Strzegom in Poland, with the GAIN Irish Eventing team winning a team bronze medal.
The Irish side of Grace Tyrrell, Brian Kuehnle, Alex Connors and Tiggy Hancock, managed by Becky Cullen, were in fourth place after the opening Dressage phase and moved up to third after an impressive Cross Country performance on Saturday.
The showjumping phase saw Ireland hold onto bronze medal position, finishing on a final score of 131.6, as Britain took the gold medal on a score of 101.8 with France winning the silver on 120.1.
🇮🇪🐴🇮🇪🐴It’s TEAM BRONZE for our Pony Eventing team at Strzegom Horse Trials
Congratulations to Becky Cullen and the team
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Grace Tyrrell with Fiona’s Fionn finished best of the Irish individually in 11th place, while Olivia Swan finished 13th with Rockon Pedro (ISP). Alex Connors was 15th with the Irish Sport Horse Millridge Buachaill Buí, just ahead of his compatriot Brian Kuehnle in 16th place with Tullibards Sixth Sense. Susan Shanahan took 24th spot with Fernhill Mix And Match and Tiggy Hancock finished 29th with Coppenagh Spring Sparrow.
The individual gold medal went to Britain’s Finn Healy, with silver going to another Briton, Ibble Watson, while Italy’s Camilla Luciani took home the bronze.
Team manager Becky Cullen was delighted with the Irish team’s performance, stating:
“Everyone has worked incredibly hard since Tattersalls where we only had two finishers and the children, parents and trainers have committed ourselves since then for weeks of training – and we have managed to win a medal. We had two exceptionally young riders on the squad and the whole squad performed brilliantly. It is never easy to pick the team and we have had a great team spirit here and for everyone to finish this tough competition as strong as they did was an incredible achievement.”