Irish Show Jumping team named for first round of the 2017 Nations Cup in Belgium

Ireland’s newly appointed Show Jumping team manager Rodrigo Pessoa has named his squad for the opening five-star European Division 1 Nations Cup of the season at Lummen,  Belgium, which takes place on Friday April 28th.

The squad in alphabetical order is:

Michael Duffy with Belcanto Z, Richard Howley and Chinook, Paul Kennedy with Cartown Danger Mouse (ISH), Dermott Lennon and Loughview Lou-Lou (ISH), and Denis Lynch with Echo De Laubry.

On announcing his first five squad members, Pessoa said:

“We are looking forward to starting our 2017 Super League campaign. We are using a mix of young and experienced riders in Lummen and are hoping for a good result.”

Although Lummen is a European Division 1 Nations Cup, Ireland will not be competing for points at the Belgian venue. A new Nations Cup format for 2017 will see teams guaranteed invitations to six European Division 1 shows, with their four best results counting towards the league standings.

The six points-scoring Nations Cup shows selected for Ireland are: La Baule (May 11th-14th), Rome (May 24th-28th), Rotterdam (June 22nd-25th), Falsterbo (July 13th-16th), Hickstead (July 27th-30th), and Ireland’s home Nations Cup at the RDS in Dublin on August 9th-13th, where teams will compete for the Aga Khan trophy.

Ireland finished as runners-up on the 2016 Nations Cup league table to maintain their position for the coming season as one of eight European Division 1 teams, along with Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, France, Italy and newly-promoted Spain.

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