Irish Showjumping team manager Rodrigo Pessoa has named his squad for Friday’s penultimate leg at Hickstead in Britain, where Ireland will enter the arena as defending champions.
The Irish squad for the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup at Hickstead on Friday is:
Mark McAuley with Utchan De Belheme.
Anthony Condon and SFS Aristio.
Capt. Brian Cournane with Armik.
Michael Duffy and Mullaghdrin Touch The Stars (ISH).
Paul O’Shea with Imerald Van’t Voorhof.
Ireland enter the second last round of this season’s Nations Cup competition in eighth place on the league table, however four of the teams above Ireland (Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany) have just one more opportunity to gain league points, while France and Austria have already completed their four allocated points-scoring rounds and so cannot add to their points tally.
A good result in Hickstead followed by a positive performance in the Aga Khan at the Dublin Horse Show a fortnight later, would see Ireland safely qualify for the Nations Cup Final in Barcelona in October.
Belgium, Sweden, Germany, Italy and the home team from Britain are chasing points at Hickstead, while USA and Brazil will line-out but are not eligible for points.
Rodrigo Pessoa will confirm his four starting riders for the Hickstead Nations Cup on Thursday, with the competition starting at 2.15pm on Friday.