Final weekend of action before World Equestrian games

    Most of Ireland’s World Equestrian Games squad have one more weekend of action before they travel to Kentucky at the end of the month for the World Equestrian games.

    Billy Twomey lines out at Barcelona’s five-star show with three horses, while Denis Lynch appears at Donaueschingen in Germany, also with three horses.

    Twomey will be joined at the Spanish venue by Capt. David O’Brien, who brings three Irish-bred mounts, but Lynch will be Ireland’s sole representative at the German show.

    Barcelona stages its 120,000 euro Grand Prix on Friday night, while Donaueschingen offers 60,000 euro for its signature event on Sunday, including a car for the winner.

    Donaueschingen also stages a four-star dressage show, beginning today (Thursday), where Anna Merveldt will be Ireland’s sole entrant.

    Meanwhile, Ballindenisk in Watergrasshill, Co. Cork hosts an international three-day event this weekend, with three, two and one-star levels.

    The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games begin in Kentucky with Reining starting on September 25, Dressage on September 27th, Eventing on the 30th, and show jumping on October 4. Ireland has competitors in all four disciplines, and also one in Para Equestrian Dressage, which begins on October 5.

    TEAM IRELAND EQUESTRIAN

    WHO’S COMPETING

    This Weekend – September 16th – 21st

    JUMPING: BARCELONA SPAIN – 5 Star Nations Cup
    Grand Prix: Friday 19:30 GMT
    Meydan FEI Nations Cup Promotional League Final: Sunday 14:00 GMT
    Live TV: www.feitv.org
    David O’Brien with Annestown (ISH), Kiltoom (ISH) and Mo Chroi (ISH); Billy Twomey with Cavinem (ISH), Je T’aime Flamenco and Tackeray.

    DRESSAGE: DONAUESCHINGEN GERMANY – 4 Star
    Anna Merveldt with Coryolano.

    JUMPING: DONAUESCHINGEN GERMANY – 3 Star
    Grand Prix: Sunday 12:45 GMT
    Denis Lynch with Double O Seven, All Star 5, Nabab’s Son and Tarpan.

    EVENTING: BALLINDENISK IRELAND – 3, 2 & 1 Star

    EVENTING: GATCOMBE GREAT BRITAIN – 2 Star
    CIC2*: Louise Lyons with Dartans Proper Job and Kismet V; Nicola Ennis with Be My Hero (ISH) and The Underdog; Sarah Ennis with BLM Diamond Delux (ISH), Sugar Brown Babe (ISH) and Circle T Malachi (ISH).

    DRESSAGE: SAUGERTIES USA
    Aurelia Tansey with Tacoma M; Sonia Zugel with Napoleon and Naomi.

    JUMPING: MORELAND HILLS USA – 2 Star
    FEI World Cup for the American Gold Cup: Sunday
    Conor O’Regan with Solerina (ISH).

    JUMPING: NEEROTEREN BELGIUM – 2 Star
    Grand Prix: Sunday
    Jessica Kuerten with Paddington 82, Lektor 35, Lines 41 and Oceane Du Theillet.
    estrain Games.

    Billy Twomey lines out at Barcelona’s five-star show with three horses, while Denis Lynch appears at Donaueschingen in Germany, also with three horses.

    Twomey will be joined at the Spanish venue by Capt. David O’Brien, who brings three Irish-bred mounts, but Lynch will be Ireland’s sole representative at the German show.

    Barcelona stages its 120,000 euro Grand Prix on Friday night, while Donaueschingen offers 60,000 euro for its signature event on Sunday, including a car for the winner.

    Donaueschingen also stages a four-star dressage show, beginning today (Thursday), where Anna Merveldt will be Ireland’s sole entrant.

    Meanwhile, Ballindenisk in Watergrasshill, Co. Cork hosts an international three-day event this weekend, with three, two and one-star levels.

    The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games begin in Kentucky with Reining starting on September 25, Dressage on September 27th, Eventing on the 30th, and show jumping on October 4. Ireland has competitors in all four disciplines, and also one in Para Equestrian Dressage, which begins on October 5.

    TEAM IRELAND EQUESTRIAN

    WHO’S COMPETING

    This Weekend – September 16th – 21st

    JUMPING: BARCELONA SPAIN – 5 Star Nations Cup
    Grand Prix: Friday 19:30 GMT
    Meydan FEI Nations Cup Promotional League Final: Sunday 14:00 GMT
    Live TV: www.feitv.org
    David O’Brien with Annestown (ISH), Kiltoom (ISH) and Mo Chroi (ISH); Billy Twomey with Cavinem (ISH), Je T’aime Flamenco and Tackeray.

    DRESSAGE: DONAUESCHINGEN GERMANY – 4 Star
    Anna Merveldt with Coryolano.

    JUMPING: DONAUESCHINGEN GERMANY – 3 Star
    Grand Prix: Sunday 12:45 GMT
    Denis Lynch with Double O Seven, All Star 5, Nabab’s Son and Tarpan.

    EVENTING: BALLINDENISK IRELAND – 3, 2 & 1 Star

    EVENTING: GATCOMBE GREAT BRITAIN – 2 Star
    CIC2*: Louise Lyons with Dartans Proper Job and Kismet V; Nicola Ennis with Be My Hero (ISH) and The Underdog; Sarah Ennis with BLM Diamond Delux (ISH), Sugar Brown Babe (ISH) and Circle T Malachi (ISH).

    DRESSAGE: SAUGERTIES USA
    Aurelia Tansey with Tacoma M; Sonia Zugel with Napoleon and Naomi.

    JUMPING: MORELAND HILLS USA – 2 Star
    FEI World Cup for the American Gold Cup: Sunday
    Conor O’Regan with Solerina (ISH).

    JUMPING: NEEROTEREN BELGIUM – 2 Star
    Grand Prix: Sunday
    Jessica Kuerten with Paddington 82, Lektor 35, Lines 41 and Oceane Du Theillet.

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