Strong Irish team for 2019 European Eventing Championships which start Thursday

The 2019 European Eventing Championships get underway in Luhmühlen in Germany on Thursday and run until Sunday 1st September.

Horse Sport Ireland’s High-Performance Eventing Director Sally Corscadden has chosen an experienced squad of riders for the Championships.

The Ireland squad, which includes three of the four riders who won team silver at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, USA, will be joined in Germany by the experienced Clare Abbott.

The Irish squad is as follows:

Clare Abbott riding Euro Prince (ISH) – 2003 chestnut gelding by Lougheries Quiet Man (UNK) out of Miss Tullydraw (UNK).

Cathal Daniels riding Ríoghan Rua (ISH) – 2007 chestnut mare by Jack Of Diamonds (SWB) out of Highland Destiny (ISH)(TIH), by Flagmount King (ID).

Sarah Ennis riding Woodcourt Garrison (ISH) – 2009 bay gelding by Garrison Royal (ISH) out of Davitt Star (ISH), by Furisto (HANN).

Ciaran Glynn riding November Night (ISH)(TIH) – 2006 bay mare by Bonnie Prince (TB) out of Coolnalee Kate (ISH), by Flagmount King (ID).

Sam Watson riding Imperial Sky (ISH)(TIH) – 2006 grey gelding by Puissance (ISH)(TIH) out of Skies Of Blue (ISH)(TIH), by Horos (TB) OR Tullabeg Flamenco (ISH) – 2009 dun gelding by Tullabeg Fusion (ISH) out of Tullabeg Heidi (UNK), by Ardenteggle Sir (IPSA).

Speaking prior to the 2019 European Eventing Championships, Sally Corscadden admitted:

“This year has been about building on our success from the 2018 World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Tryon, where Ireland won Team and Individual Silver Medals and became the first Irish sports team to secure Olympic qualification for Tokyo 2020.”

In discussing her side’s squad for the European Championships, Corscadden said:

“The bar in European Eventing is set very high, so we are sending experienced combinations to represent Team Ireland at the Europeans. We can be full of confidence going to Luhmülhen with four-star International wins earlier in the year from European squad member Sam Watson (while) fellow European squad members, Ciaran Glynn and Clare Abbott produced top-class performances in Badminton, one of only six annual International five-star events, and Sarah Ennis, part of the silver medal-winning WEG team, is a proven Championship rider.”

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