Equestrian News

Sarah Ennis and Horseware Stellor Rebound (ISH) win CCI4*-S at Ballindenisk while Michael McNally and Eclipto (ISH) win CCI4*L

April 25, 2021
With just 89 days to go to the start of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, many of the Olympic shortlisted riders for the Irish Eventing team were in action this weekend at Ballindenisk International in Co Cork. The CCI4*-S competition saw three of Ireland’s silver medal winning team from the 2018 World Championships finish in […]

Wonderful Winter Equestrian Festival for Irish riders and horses

April 16, 2021
Irish riders enjoyed a winning streak during the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, USA, scooping almost $1.1m in prize money on offer in the international classes and winning 16 competitions in total. Some really exciting young horses threw down a marker for the future, as Irish breeding of top-class showjumpers continues to make […]

Irish riders climb Longines FEI World Rankings with 12 now inside top 100

April 8, 2021
Following a run of excellent results primarily at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida, several Irish Show Jumping riders have made big gains on the latest Longines FEI World Rankings released this week. Offaly’s Darragh Kenny remains the highest-ranked Irish rider at No.9, while Cork’s Shane Sweetnam has climbed five places to No.26. Tipperary’s Denis […]

Irish clean sweep in weekend’s global competitions as Nicky Galligan and Darragh Kenny claim major victories

March 22, 2021
Two of the biggest Show Jumping competitions on offer across the globe this weekend have been won by Irish riders, after Meath’s Nicky Galligan claimed a four-star Grand Prix win in California, while Offaly’s Darragh Kenny scooped the top prize in the three-star Grand Prix at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida. Riding The Irish […]

Four Irish in top 10 as Cian O’Connor and Kilkenny (ISH) third in five-star Florida Grand Prix

March 14, 2021
Another hugely impressive set of performances from Irish horses and riders at the highest level of world Show Jumping saw them fill four of the top 10 places in last night’s (Saturday)  $401,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida, USA. Meath’s Cian O’Connor was best of the Irish after he […]

Incredible Irish fill all top five places in Florida’s five-star WEF Challenge Cup

March 12, 2021
In another stunning result on the world stage, Irish riders claimed all of the top five places in last night’s (Thursday) five-star $73,000 Adequan WEF Challenge Cup Round 9 at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida, USA. Offaly’s Darragh Kenny and the 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse Sligo Balou Boy took victory after a 10-horse jump-off, […]

Ireland finish as runners-up in Florida Nations Cup as USA take victory

March 11, 2021
A strong performance which included six clear rounds from the Michael Blake-managed Irish Show Jumping team of Shane Sweetnam, Bertram Allen, Michael Duffy and Cian O'Connor, saw them finish as runners-up  in the $150,000 four-star Nations Cup at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida, which concluded in the early hours of this morning (Saturday). It was […]

Michael Blake names Irish team for first Nations Cup of the season in Florida

March 4, 2021
Irish Show Jumping team manager Michael Blake (pictured) has named his team for tomorrow’s (Friday) four-star FEI Nations Cup at Wellington in Florida, USA, which will be Ireland’s first team action of the 2021 season. Ireland have been drawn fourth to jump of the eight teams that take part and line out as follows: Cork’s […]

Bertram Allen and Castlefield Vegas (ISH) lead Irish domination of Florida Grand Prix

February 25, 2021
Wexford’s Bertram Allen and The Irish Sport Horse Castlefield Vegas continued their excellent run of from, by taking a superb victory in Sunday’s €137,000 three-star Grand Prix at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida, USA. From a start list of 45 combinations, 18 made it into the jump-off and at the finish Irish horses and […]

Olympic Sport Weekly Update 28 Jan 21

January 28, 2021
This evening’s weekly update includes highlights of upcoming events for both our Tokyo 2020 athletes and our Beijing 2022 athletes. You will also note that this week we have updated the number of athletes who have achieved qualifying times or spots in the Tokyo Olympics to reflect the changes to the Swim Ireland policy. This […]

Ireland’s Anna Merveldt and Esporim move a step closer to FEI World Cup Finals with ninth place finish in Austria

January 24, 2021
Irish Dressage rider Anna Merveldt’s hopes of qualifying for this season’s FEI World Cup Dressage Finals received another huge boost today (Sunday), after she recorded an impressive ninth place finish in the FEI World Cup Freestyle Grand Prix at Salzburg in Austria. Drawn second to go of 13 competitors and riding the 12-year-old gelding Esporim, […]

Olympic Weekly Update 21 Jan 21

January 21, 2021
The Tokyo Olympic qualification status of the athletes can be found AT THIS LINK which will be regularly updated. While many athletes are currently training from home, with little competition, see below a summary of relevant updates from sports to kick off the new year. To date 52 Olympic athletes have secured Olympic qualification spots […]

Horse Sport Ireland’s Eventing Tokyo Olympics longlist squad named

January 21, 2021
Horse Sport Ireland’s Eventing High Performance Director Sally Corscadden today announced the updated Tokyo longlist squad and Tokyo 2020 potential squad for this years Olympic Games. Aoife Clark with Celus D’Ermac Z (ZANG) – 2011 bay gelding by Chico’s Boy (HOLST) and out of Valencia Odeveld (HOLST), by Corofino I (HOLST). Bred by M. Burno De La Dure. […]

Olympic Sport Update - 3 December 2020

December 3, 2020
This week’s update includes a number of activities across our Olympic community – with international competitions taking place in Taekwondo, Golf and Cycling, all detailed below. Also, this week’s interview is with Judoka Megan Fletcher, who is currently sitting inside Olympic qualification in 14th place – she talks about training in her parent’s garden centre […]

Showjumping - Nations Cup podium for Ireland

November 30, 2020
Ireland record another Nations Cup podium finish after thrilling battle in Spain For the second week in-a-row, the Irish Show Jumping team, managed by Michael Blake, have finished in third place in FEI Nations Cup competition - this time at Vejer De La Frontera in Spain. A massive 17 teams lined out at the Spanish […]

EVENTING – Ireland’s Cathal Daniels scores impressive win in Portugal as countdown to Tokyo Olympics continues

November 26, 2020
Ireland’s 2019 European Championship bronze medallist Cathal Daniels continued his preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games, with a commanding win in the feature CCI4*-S at this weekend’s Portugal Winter Tour in Barroca d’Alva. The Portugal Winter Tour is a chance for some international athletes to achieve the qualification standard needed for the Tokyo Olympic Games, […]

Irish Show Jumping team finish equal third in competitive Portuguese Nations Cup

November 17, 2020
The Irish Show Jumping team, managed by Michael Blake and sponsored by Devenish & The Underwriting Exchange, have finished in a share of third place in today’s (Tuesday) FEI Nations Cup at Vilamoura in Portugal. Sligo’s Richard Howley was Ireland’s best performer in the first round after he produced a perfect clear with Arlo De Blondel, a […]

Irish Show Jumping squad named for Portuguese Nations Cup

November 13, 2020
Irish Show Jumping team manager Michael Blake has named his squad for the three-star FEI Nations Cup which takes place at Vilamoura in Portugal this Tuesday November 17th. A large group of Irish and international riders have been based at the Portuguese venue for the past number of weeks, with up to six outdoor arenas […]

Brilliant runner-up finish for Ireland’s Anna Merveldt in Hungarian World Cup Freestyle

September 28, 2020
Brilliant runner-up finish for Ireland’s Anna Merveldt in Hungarian World Cup Freestyle Irish Dressage rider Anna Merveldt and the 11-year-old stallion Esporim have recorded their best ever World Cup finish as a pairing - taking runner-up spot in today’s (Sunday) CDI3*-W FEI World Cup Freestyle To Music Grand Prix at Budapest-Fot in Hungary. Merveldt and […]

Horse Sport Ireland appoint Kevin Babington as technical advisor to the Senior Jumping Programme

March 6, 2020
Horse Sport Ireland are delighted to announce that Kevin Babington has been appointed by HSI to the High Performance Jumping Committee, as technical advisor to the Senior Jumping Programme. The Committee acts in an expert advisory capacity in relation to the execution of the HSI Senior Jumping High Performance strategy and to act as a […]

Shane Sweetnam second in Florida Grand Prix and crowned Leading Irish Rider

March 2, 2020
Cork’s Shane Sweetnam capped an excellent weekend at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida, by scoring a runner-up finish in Sunday’s $214,000 Premier Equestrian four-star Grand Prix while he was also crowned leading Irish rider of Nations Cup week at the American venue. Sweetnam was riding his gold medal winning mount from the 2017 European […]

Kate Dwyer becomes first Irish Dressage rider to win a five-star Grand Prix Special

March 2, 2020
History made in Qatar as Kate Dwyer becomes first Irish Dressage rider to win a five-star Grand Prix Special   Meath-based Irish Dressage rider Kate Dwyer made history this morning (Saturday) at Doha in Qatar, by becoming the first ever Irish rider to win at Grand Prix Special at five-star level. Last to go in the […]

Michael Blake names Irish Show Jumping squad for Nations Cup season opener in Florida

February 12, 2020
New Irish Show Jumping manager Michael Blake has named his squad for the first Longines FEI Nations Cup of the year, which takes place at Deeridge in Wellington, Florida, USA in just over a week on Sunday February 16th. Ireland have an excellent record in the Wellington Nations Cup having taken victory in 2016 and […]

Irish Show Jumping Team Claim Olympic Spot

October 7, 2019
The Irish Show Jumping team have qualified for the Olympic Games for the first time in 15 years, by claiming a magnificent victory in today’s (Sunday) €1.25 Million Longines FEI Nations Cup World Final in Barcelona.A stunning performance from Rodrigo Pessoa’s team of Peter Moloney, Paul O’Shea, Darragh Kenny and Cian O’Connor, saw them finish […]

Irish Show Jumping team keep Olympic hopes alive

October 3, 2019
Irish Show Jumping team keep Olympic hopes alive after day of drama at Longines FEI Nations Cup World Final in Barcelona Rodrigo Pessoa’s Irish Show Jumping team of Peter Moloney, Paul O’Shea, Darragh Kenny and Cian O’Connor, have made it though to Sunday’s Longines FEI Nations Cup World Final following a strong performance in today’s […]

Irish Show Jumping Squad Named for Olympic Qualifier

October 1, 2019
Ireland’s Show Jumping team manager Rodrigo Pessoa has named his squad for the all-important Longines FEI Nations Cup World Final in Barcelona (ESP), which starts in less than a fortnight’s time on Thursday October 3rd, and is the very last chance for Ireland to secure a team qualification place for the 2020 Olympic Games in […]

Daniels claims outstanding bronze medal at European Eventing Championships

September 3, 2019
Twenty-two-year-old Cathal Daniels from Co Galway and the Irish Sport Horse mare Rioghan Rua (ISH) have produced a magnificent performance at the Longines FEI Eventing European Championships at Luhmühlen in Germany, to claim the individual bronze medal to add to the World Championship team silver medal they won last year. Daniels had been lying in […]

Tony Kennedy called up to Irish Eventing squad for European Championships

August 8, 2019
Irish Eventing team manager Sally Corscadden has announced that Tony Kennedy and The Irish Sport Horse Westeria Lane have been added to the Irish Eventing squad for the upcoming 2019 European Eventing Championships which take place in Luhmühlen (GER) from August 29th  to September 1st. The news comes after it was confirmed that Clare Abbott will […]

Irish Show Jumping squad named for crucial Olympic qualifier at 2019 European Championships

August 1, 2019
Rodrigo Pessoa has named the Irish Show Jumping squad for this month's hugely important Longines FEI European Championships, which take place at Rotterdam in The Netherlands. Ireland will arrive at the Dutch venue as reigning European Champions, having taken the team gold medal in spectacular fashion at Gothenburg, Sweden in 2017. Along with having team […]

GAIN Irish U18 (Junior) Show Jumping team win European Championship bronze medal

July 15, 2019
A fantastic performance from the GAIN Irish U18 (Junior) Show Jumping team has seen them take the bronze medal today (Friday) at the European Youth Championships which are taking place at Zuidwolde in The Netherlands. Less than one fence separated the top three teams at the finish, with the Irish quartet of Wexford’s Harry Allen […]
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