Ireland’s Show Jumping manager Rodrigo Pessoa and Irish Development Team Manager Michael Blake have both named their teams for the FEI Super League Nations Cup in La Baule and for the three-star Division 2 Nations Cup in Norway.
Newly-appointed Pessoa’s team, sponsored by The Underwriting Exchange and Devenish, will see Ireland compete in the first of their six points-scoring rounds in Division 1 of the FEI Nations Cup series. It promises to be a hugely competitive encounter at the French coastal venue, with seven teams chasing points.
Along with Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain and France will be battling for points, in a bid to stay in Europe Division 1 and to qualify for the Nations Cup World Final in Barcelona.
Belgium will also field a team in La Baule but as they are a Division 2 team they will not be eligible to collect points.
The Irish team has been drawn second to jump of the eight teams taking part and will line out as follows:
Tipperary’s Denis Lynch riding the 14-year-old stallion All Star.
Shane Breen from Tipperary and the 12-year-old stallion Golden Hawk.
Galway’s Michael Duffy riding the 11-year-old gelding Belcanto Z.
Cork’s Shane Sweetnam, riding the 11-year-old stallion Chaqui Z.
The La Baule Nations Cup starts at 1pm Irish time and is available to watch live on FEITV, with updates also on Team Ireland Equestrian Twitter & Facebook.
Meanwhile, Irish Development Team Manager Michael Blake has chosen the following combinations for the Division 2 Nations Cup at Drammen, Norway:
Meath’s Alexander Butler with Hallowberry Cruz (ISH)(TIH).
Louth’s Mark McAuley and Utchan De Belheme.
Mayo’s Cameron Hanley with Quirex.
Waterford’s Capt. Geoff Curran and Ringwood Glen (ISH).
The Irish have been drawn 10th of 13 teams taking part but as Ireland is a Division 1 nation, they will not be competing for points in Drammen.