Equestrian News

Irish Eventing team secure Olympic qualification with superb performance at World Championships

September 18, 2022
A fantastic performance from the Irish Eventing team of Sam Watson, Padraig McCarthy, Susie Berry and Austin O’Connor, managed by Dag Albert at the FEI Eventing World Championships in Pratoni, Italy, has secured Olympic qualification for the Irish team for Paris 2024. A fifth place finish following today’s final Show Jumping phase saw Ireland take one of the seven coveted Olympic […]

Irish Eventing team in battle for Olympic qualification this weekend at World Championships

September 17, 2022
The Irish Eventing team, led by Horse Sport Ireland’s acting High Performance Director Dag Albert, are in 12th place overall following today’s (Friday) conclusion of the Dressage phase at the FEI Eventing World Championships in Pratoni, Italy. Ireland are just under 13 penalties off seventh position heading into the weekend, which is the all-important cut-off […]

Michael Blake’s Ireland win Aga Khan Trophy after thriller at RDS

August 20, 2022
For the first time in seven years, Ireland have won the famous Aga Khan trophy at the Dublin Horse Show following an outstanding performance in the Longines FEI Nations Cup of Ireland from Michael Blake’s team of Conor Swail (Count Me In), Max Wachman (Berlux Z), Shane Sweetnam (James Kann Cruz (ISH) and Cian O’Connor […]

Brilliant Irish Show Jumping team claim Olympic qualification for Paris with fourth place finish at World Championships

August 13, 2022
On an evening of high drama at the ECCO FEI World Show Jumping Championships in Herning, Denmark last night (Friday), an outstanding performance from Michael Blake’s Irish Show Jumping team of Denis Lynch, Bertram Allen, Cian O’Connor and Daniel Coyle, saw them take one of the five coveted places on offer for the 2024 Olympic […]

Irish Show Jumping team qualify for Friday’s World Championship Final – Olympic place still in reach

August 12, 2022
The Irish Show Jumping team of Denis Lynch, Bertram Allen, Cian O’Connor and Daniel Coyle, managed by Michael Blake, have qualified for tomorrow’s (Friday) final at the 2022 ECCO FEI World Championships at Herning in Denmark, where along with World Championship medals, five coveted team places are on offer for the 2024 Olympic Games in […]

Irish Pony Show Jumping team crowned European Champions with gold medal win in Poland

August 7, 2022
An outstanding performance from the GAIN Equine Nutrition Irish Pony (U16) Show Jumping team saw them crowned European Champions today (Friday), taking the gold medal at the FEI European Championships in Strzegom, Poland. The Irish team of Kilkenny’s Eoin Brennan with Glor Tire Cruise (ISH), Kilkenny’s James Brennan with MHS Glow (ISH), Sligo’s Paddy Reape […]

Horse Country – A six-part documentary series on RTE 1

July 29, 2022
The Irish Sport Horse world has rich and deep roots in Ireland even though it gets less attention than thoroughbred racing. Encompassing the strands of Show jumping, Eventing and Dressage as well as other recreational activities, this sport and industry is an important part of the social and recreational life of rural Ireland. Horse Country […]

Wexford's Harry Allen wins bronze medal at U21 European Show Jumping Championships - Tipp's Max Wachman fifth

July 18, 2022
A magnificent performance from Ireland's Harry Allen and The Irish Sport Horse Over Lux, has seen them claim the U21 (Young Rider) bronze medal following today's individual final at the FEI European Show Jumping Championships in Oliva, Spain. Allen had been lying in eighth place overnight heading into today's final two rounds, before two brilliant […]

Irish Show Jumping squad named for 2022 ECCO FEI World Championships

July 15, 2022
Ireland's Show Jumping team manager Michael Blake has chosen an experienced squad of Offaly's Darragh Kenny, Derry's Daniel Coyle, Meath's Cian O’Connor, Tipperary's Denis Lynch and Wexford's Bertram Allen, for the 2022 ECCO FEI World Championships that take place in Herning, Denmark from August 10th-14th 2022. The World Championships in Herning will also be a […]

Irish Eventing team finish fifth in FEI Nations Cup of The Netherlands at Boekelo

October 11, 2021
Sally Corscadden’s Irish Eventing team of Padraig McCarthy (MGH Tokyo Phil), Susie Berry (Ringwood LB (ISH), Felicity Ward (Regal Bounty (ISH) and Brian Morrison (Global DHI), have finished in fifth place overall of nine teams following the final jumping phase of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup of The Netherlands at Boekelo. Ireland were in sixth […]

Ireland’s Swail storms to second World Cup win in-a-row while Michael Duffy scores double of victories at HOYS

October 11, 2021
Co Down's Conor Swail and Vital Chance de la Roque have recorded their second straight victory in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup North American League. Having taking a win last weekend in Vancouver (CAN), the duo recorded a second straight World Cup victory in Sacramento (USA) in the early hours of this morning.  Swail […]

Irish Show Jumping team score excellent runner-up finish in Longines FEI Nations Cup Final

October 4, 2021
A thrilling finish to the 2021 Longines FEI Nations Cup Final at Real Club de Polo in Barcelona, Spain, saw defending champions Ireland produce an excellent performance to score a runner-up finish against eight of the world’s best teams. Michael Blake’s quartet of Denis Lynch, Eoin McMahon, Michael Duffy and Darragh Kenny finished the competition […]

Michael Blake names Irish Show Jumping squad to defend Longines FEI Nations Cup Final title in Barcelona

September 20, 2021
Defending champions Ireland have named their squad for the 2021 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final, which takes place at Real Club De Polo in Barcelona from October 1 – 3. This will be the 109th edition of CSIO Barcelona, ​​the oldest international sporting event in Spain and host venue for the Show Jumping competitions […]

TOUGH EVENING IN TOKYO FOR TEAM IRELAND ATHLETES

August 6, 2021
It was a tough evening all around for Team Ireland athletes in Tokyo this afternoon and evening. In Modern Pentathlon, a stroke of bad luck on her horse draw, cost three-time Olympian Natalya Coyle on the main day of competition in Modern Pentathlon. Coyle finished out in 24th place overall at the end of the […]

MAGUIRE AND MEADOW FIRST IN ACTION FOR TEAM IRELAND ON DAY 12 IN TOKYO

August 4, 2021
Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow were the first Irish athletes in action in Tokyo this morning, taking to the course for Round 1 of the Women’s Individual Stroke Play. Meadow, who teed off at 2.47am (Irish time), remains out on the course, while Maguire posted an opening round of 71 to leave her on level […]

DIVER TANYA WATSON MAKES HISTORY IN TOKYO

August 4, 2021
Diver Tanya Watson made history in Tokyo today, as she became the first Irish female diver to compete at the Olympic Games. A superb performance from the 19-year-old today saw her qualify through to the semi-finals of the Women’s 10m Platform in 16th position with 289.4 points. In golf meanwhile, at the close of play […]

WALSH COLLECTS BRONZE WHILE IRISH SHOW JUMPERS GET CAMPAIGN OFF TO A FLYING START

August 3, 2021
There was big excitement in Tokyo this evening as Team Irelandboxer, Aidan Walsh, officially received his Olympic bronze medal for the Men’s Welter (63-69kg). Having made his Olympic debut at this year’s Games, the Belfast boxer was thrilled to finish with a coveted Olympic medal: “When I walked into the club at eight years of […]

KELLIE HARRINGTON SECURES IRELAND’S FOURTH MEDAL OF THE GAMES, WHILE COSCORAN AND REID ADVANCE TO SEMI-FINALS

August 3, 2021
Boxer Kellie Harrington put in a great morning’s work in Tokyo this morning against a tricky opponent in Imane Khelif of Algeria, to win by unanimous decision and guarantee at least a bronze medal. Despite a good opening minute from Khelif, Harrington got the measure of her quickly and from the midway point of the […]

EIGHTH PLACE OVERALL FOR THE EVENTING TEAM, AUSTIN O’CONNOR 13TH IN THE INDIVIDUAL EVENT, DINGLEY DIVES TO 25TH IN HIS SECOND OLYMPIC GAMES

August 2, 2021
On what was one of the quieter days of action for Team Ireland, diver Oliver Dingley got his second Olympic campaign underway in the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, where he finished 25th with 335 points in the Men’s 3m Springboard Preliminary Rounds, the top 18 divers progress to tomorrow’s semi-finals. At the Equestrian Park, the Team […]

EIGHTH PLACE OVERALL FOR THE EVENTING TEAM AND MORE

August 2, 2021
AUSTIN O’CONNOR 13th IN THE INDIVIDUAL EVENT, DINGLEY DIVES TO 25th IN HIS SECOND OLYMPIC GAMES On what was one of the quieter days of action for Team Ireland, diver Oliver Dingley got his second Olympic campaign underway in the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, where he finished 25th with 335 points in the Men’s 3m Springboard […]

ACTION-PACKED MORNING FOR TEAM IRELAND AS THE HEAT CRANKS UP IN TOKYO

August 1, 2021
It was another action-packed morning for Team Ireland in a sweltering Tokyo this morning. There was disappointment for boxer, Kurt Walker, who lost out in his quarter-final bout with USA’s Duke Ragan by the finest of margins, a 3-2 split decision after a pulsating contest. In athletics, there were fantastic performances from Eilish Flanagan and […]

TEAM IRELAND SMASHES RECORDS ON THE TRACK AND IN THE POOL ON SIZZLING EVENING OF ACTION IN TOKYO

July 31, 2021
It was a blistering evening of action for Team Ireland this evening, with two records broken in style in athletics and swimming. Team Ireland’s 4x400m Mixed Relay Team performed out of their skins to secure a place in tomorrow’s final, setting a new national record by almost four seconds. The Irish quartet of Sophie Becker, […]

BIG DAY AHEAD FOR TEAM IRELAND IN TOKYO AS DAY EIGHT OF THE 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES GETS UNDERWAY

July 31, 2021
It was a busy morning once more for Team Ireland in Tokyo, with Mark English and Sarah Lavin both in action in athletics, while Sarah Ennis and Horseware Woodcourt Garrison (ISH) completed the dressage phase of eventing. Play is currently underway for golfers, Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry, in Round 3 of the Men’s Individual […]

AIDAN WALSH BECOMES IRELAND’S LATEST OLYMPIC MEDALLIST AS HE GUARANTEES HIMSELF AT LEAST A BRONZE IN TOKYO

July 30, 2021
“I would cut my medal in half and give her half of it,” said a beamingAidan Walsh of his sister Michaela this morning, as he put on a fantastic quarter-final display to guarantee himself at least a bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Walsh was composed throughout the Men’s Welter bout with Merven […]

CANOEING, SAILING AND EQUESTRIAN ALL IN ACTION THIS AFTERNOON FOR TEAM IRELAND IN TOKYO

July 25, 2021
Both Liam Jegou (canoeing) and Annalise Murphy (sailing) had a second race this afternoon in Tokyo, with Jegou putting in a superb second run display to qualify for the Men’s C1 Canoe Slalom semi-finals. A solid race from Annalise Murphy in the Laser Radial also saw her finish in 12th place, while Team Ireland Dressage […]

EQUESTRIAN TEAM IRELAND ANNOUNCEMENT

July 7, 2021
Team Ireland Equestrian Athletes Confirmed for Tokyo 2020 Experienced Riders Named for the Olympic Games in Tokyo Team Ireland has officially selected the Show Jumping, Eventing and Dressage athletes and horses who will compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer. The majority of the Equestrian events take place in the original arena that […]

Irish Show Jumping team finish fifth in Longines FEI Nations Cup of France as Swiss take victory

June 12, 2021
The Irish Show Jumping team of Shane Sweetnam, Darragh Kenny, Bertram Allen and Cian O’Connor, managed by Michael Blake, have finished in fifth place in today’s (Friday) Longines FEI Nations Cup of France in La Baule Many of the world’s top teams were using today’s fixture to test the form of combinations ahead of the […]

Flawless Ireland storm to victory in Dutch Longines EEF Nations Cup

June 4, 2021
A stunning performance from Michael Blake’s Irish Show Jumping team of Alexander Butler, Eoin Gallagher, Eoin McMahon and David Simpson, has seen them claim a brilliant win in today’s Longines EEF Nations Cup at Peelbergen in The Netherlands. Ireland were in a five-way tie for the lead at the halfway stage thanks to clear rounds […]

Ireland’s Judy Reynolds announces the retirement of Dressage superstar Vancouver K

June 3, 2021
Kildare’s Judy Reynolds has announced the retirement of her long-time partner Vancouver K – the greatest horse ever to represent Ireland on the international Dressage stage and who has inspired a new generation of Irish Dressage riders with his record-breaking performances across the globe.  Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K (Photo: Joe Reynolds) Reynolds and the […]

Irish Eventing team take runner-up spot in British Nations Cup

June 2, 2021
Ireland’s Mikey Pender and The Irish Sport Horse HHS Calais claimed victory in today’s (Sunday) two-star Grand Prix at Peelbergen in The Netherlands, coming out on top after a 16-horse jump-off. It was Pender’s first ever visit to Peelbergen and he took full advantage of being drawn last to go in the jump-off. “It is […]
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