The Irish all-girl Under 16 Show Jumping team produced a magnificent performance at Wierden in The Netherlands today to win the FEI Dutch Pony Nations Cup.
The Irish quartet of Orla Duffy (Atlanta), Katie Power (Ghost Rider) Lucy Shanahan (Caliber-De) and Ella Quigley (Clemens) were second at the halfway stage of the competition on just two time faults – one fault behind leaders Britain.
The Irish team added just one time fault to their total in the second round to finish on three faults, with Britain settling for second on five faults. The Netherlands was third, ahead of Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Belgium and Germany.
Irish Chef d’Équipe Gary Marshall spoke of his delight at winning the competition:
“We are over the moon. We were second after the first round and Britain were looking strong. Our last rider, Ella Quigley, had to keep the pressure on Britain which she did by jumping clear. I really am blessed in the situation that I am in with such a strong pool of riders to choose from. Total it was all about Girl Power!”