Showjumping Ireland have chosen Greg Broderick over Bertram Allen to represent Ireland at this summer’s Rio Olympics it was announced this morning.
It could well be perceived as a slap in the face to 20-year-old Allen, who was the jumper who earned Ireland a spot a the Olympics and he was predicted by many to challenge for a medal, had he been chosen. He was also named The Irish Field senior show jumper of the year in February.
Bertram is ranked number 9 in the world, with Broderick 243 places below him in 252.
In the end, the decision came down to team manager Robert Splaine who commented on the decision.
“This has been a very difficult decision to make as we are fortunate that our four main contenders for the place are very strong. Greg Broderick and MHS Going Global (ISH) have been outstanding contributors for Ireland in Nations Cups and have been consistent clear round jumpers at 5-star level.
“Their performance last weekend in St. Gallen, Switzerland where they jumped a double clear in the Nations Cup to help Ireland to victory, and followed that up with two clear rounds in the Grand Prix, shows they are a combination at the very top of their form.”
Ireland are first reserve for an individual and team place at Rio but it appears unlikely that a place should become available between now and the 18th of July entry date.
Splaine listed three reserve combinations in Allen and Molly Malone, Denis Lynch and Allstar, and Cian O’Connor and Good Luck.