Irish development team manager Michael Blake named his team for this Saturday’s four-star Nations Cup which takes place in Florida at the Winter Equestrian Festival.
The Irish team, sponsored by Devenish and The Underwriting Exchange is:
Derry’s Daniel Coyle with Farona owned by Ariel Grange
Down’s Lorcan Gallagher with Hunters Conlypso II, owned by the Dacantos Group
Limerick’s Paul O’Shea with Imerald Van’t Voorhof, owned by Tequestrian Farms LLC
Cork’s Shane Sweetman with Kirschwasser, owned by Spy Coast Farm LLC
(L-R) Rodrigo Pessoa (Irish Show Jumping team manager) Daniel Coyle, Lorcan Gallagher, Shane Sweetnam, Paul O’Shea and Michael Blake (Irish development team manager) (Photo: Simon Stafford/StartingGate)
Ireland finished as runners-up in the Wellington Nations Cup last year having previously taken victory in 2016 and 2017 and development team manager Michael Blake is confident of another good result and said:
“We will be expecting a podium finish while hoping for a win. We are trying out a few new combinations and all the horses are jumping in their first Nations Cup. My job obviously is development and if you don’t experiment then you don’t develop so I hope I have made the correct choices and that these guys are ready. If we go with the same horses and the same riders in every Nations Cup then we can’t grow and we can’t expand.”
The Wellington Nations Cup in Florida gets underway at 12 midnight Irish time this Saturday.