The GAIN Irish U18 (Junior) Showjumping team has won the bronze medal at the European Youth Championships at Zuidwolde in The Netherlands.
In an excellent competition, less than one fence separated the medal-winning sides at the end, with the Irish team of Wexford’s Harry Allen (Dancing Queen Z), Athlone’s Kate Derwin (AHG Whiterock Cruise Down (ISH), Kilkenny’s Jack Ryan (Essenar High Hopes) and Mayo’s Ciaran Nallon (Cloe GP Z) taking the bronze medal with Spain clinching gold and Germany silver.
A delighted Irish Youth Show Jumping team manager James Kernan said of his team’s brilliant performance:
“I am so proud of our team. They really had to dig deep in what was a very tough competition which lasted nine hours today alone. I have to say the course builder did a fantastic job. He had you thinking from the first fence to the last and you had to focus on the time allowed also. I want to thank all our sponsors for their support and all the parents and coaches who helped make this happen and of course to thank Horse Sport Ireland also for their fantastic support.”
Three members of the Irish team, Harry Allen, Jack Ryan and Kate Derwin were part of the GAIN Irish Junior team which won European bronze in 2018.