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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 […]

Ireland’s Kate Derwin crowned European U18 Show Jumping Champion

July 15, 2019
Flawless performance in The Netherlands Ireland has a new European Champion after Athlone’s Kate Derwin this morning (Sunday) claimed the Gold Medal in the U18 (Junior) competition at the European Youth Show Jumping Championships at Zuidwolde in The Netherlands. An incredible performance from Kate Derwin and The Irish Sport Horse AHG Whiterock Cruise Down, saw […]

Irish ‘Dream Team’ score second Nations Cup win in the space of a week

May 27, 2019
The Irish Show Jumping team of Jenny Rankin, Aidan Killeen, Susan Fitzpatrick and Ger O’Neill, managed by Taylor Vard, have scored their second Nations Cup win in the space of a week, this time landing the Danish Nations Cup in Uggerhaine. The Irish quartet came out on top last Friday at Drammen in Norway when […]

Ireland come close to ending 93-year wait to win Italian Nations Cup with impressive runner-up finish in Rome

May 27, 2019
The Irish Show Jumping team of Mark McAuley, Peter Moloney, Darragh Kenny and Cian O’Connor, narrowly missed out on ending a 93-year wait to win the Italian Nations Cup for the very first time this afternoon (Friday), after a excellent performance saw them finish as runners-up. Ireland, managed by Michael Blake, were in a share […]

EQUESTRIAN - Judy Reynolds rocks to World Cup top six

March 15, 2019
Ireland’s Judy Reynolds rocks to another World Cup top six finish Irish Dressage star Judy Reynolds and the Joe and Kathleen Reynolds-owned gelding Vancouver K have continued their hugely impressive recent run of form, by claiming a sixth place finish in today’s (Thursday) FEI World Cup Grand Prix at ‘s-Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands. Drawn ninth […]

Ireland’s Judy Reynolds breaks Irish record again on way to podium finish in Germany World Cup

February 18, 2019
Kildare’s Judy Reynolds and the Joe and Kathleen Reynolds-owned Vancouver K, have broken the Irish record for the second time in the space of three weeks. They had set a new Irish record of 80.2% at Amsterdam in The Netherlands last month and today raised the bar even further scoring 82.750% on the way to […]

Kildare's Judy Reynolds Breaks Irish Record in Amsterdam World Cup

January 28, 2019
Kildare’s Judy Reynolds breaks Irish record with stunning performance in Amsterdam World Cup Irish Dressage rider Judy Reynolds and the Joe and Kathleen Reynolds-owned gelding Vancouver K, have set a new Irish record score of 80.290% on their way to a seventh place finish against a world class field in today’s (Saturday) FEI World Cup […]

Irish Equestrian Stars Honoured at Medal Reception

November 30, 2018
Irish Equestrian stars honoured at Horse Sport Ireland medal reception after claiming 12 medals at World and European level during 2018 Horse Sport Ireland, the governing body for equestrian sport in Ireland, today (Thursday) hosted a medal reception at Druids Glen Hotel and Golf Resort in County Wicklow, to honour the outstanding sporting achievements of […]

October Newsletter Sports Roundup

October 2, 2018
Hockey: The Irish women's team’s remarkable run to the Hockey World Cup final in London, the pinnacle of the sport outside of the Olympic Games, earned them an historic silver medal. Coached by Graham Shaw and captained by Katie Mullan, the hockey team's thrilling sequence of matches got the whole country behind them and their […]

Cian O’Connor and Good Luck finish 13th as Germany’s Simone Blum is crowned new Show Jumping World Champion

September 24, 2018
Ireland’s Cian O’Connor and the 12-year-old stallion Good Luck have finished 13th in the individual Show Jumping final, as the 2018 World Equestrian Games have come to a close at North Carolina in the USA. Cian O’Connor and Good Luck (Photo: Erin Gilmore) The pair were in sixth place heading into the final two rounds […]

Ireland keep medal hopes and Olympic Qualification goal alive at World Equestrian Games

September 21, 2018
The Irish Show Jumping team, sponsored by Devenish & The Underwriting Exchange, have finished in sixth place after tonight's (Thursday) second round of jumping at the World Equestrian Games in North Carolina, USA  - putting them safely among the top 10 teams who will go forward to tomorrow's final round which will decide the team medals […]

Ireland's Judy Reynolds qualifies for FEI World Equestrian Games final

September 14, 2018
Ireland make impressive start to Eventing competition Irish Dressage rider Judy Reynolds has qualified for tomorrow's (Friday) Grand Prix Special Final at the FEI World Equestrian Games at Tryon, North Carolina in the USA. Riding the Joe and Kathleen Reynolds-owned gelding Vancouver K, Judy produced a score of 71.957% in Wednesday's first individual final and […]

FEI World Equestrian Games

September 13, 2018
Irish Dressage rider Judy Reynolds makes impressive start on Day 1 of FEI World Equestrian Games - Eventing competition gets underway today Ireland's Judy Reynolds lies in 12th place overall out of 38 competitors, following the opening Dressage competition at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, which got underway yesterday (Wednesday) at in Tryon in […]

December - One to Watch

December 22, 2017
Wexford showjumper Bertram Allen needs no introduction but his young brother Harry recently stole his thunder by winning the prestigious Longines 2017 'Rising Star' award at the FEI's star-studded end of year gala in Montevideo, Uruguay. This prize is for young riders (aged 14 to 21) who demonstrate outstanding talent at international level. Allen is […]
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