Equestrian News

Curran boosts London hopes

October 24, 2011
CAPT. Geoff Curran with Maurice Cassidy and The Minister for Defence's gelding The Jump Jet finished fourth of 87 starters in the CIC 3 star event in Cameri in Italy today (Sunday) to boost Ireland's chances of gaining individual places in the London Olympics. The combination was ninth after dressage on Friday but was one […]

Speirs helps Olympic bid

October 9, 2011
Camilla Speirs, riding Portersize Just A Jiff finish second in Sunday's Olympic eventing qualifying competition in Boekelo. Meath's Liz Power also jumped clear with September Bliss to climb to ninth place. Speirs's superb show jumping clear round also saw Ireland move up to third behind Germany and Australia in the team competition. Team Ireland Equestrian's high performance […]

Ireland miss out

September 19, 2011
Ireland failed to secure a show jumping team place at next summer’s London Olympic Games when finishing ninth in the European championships in Madrid. The Irish squad of Shane Sweetnam, Nicola FitzGibbon, Denis Lynch and Billy Twomey went into the team finale in seventh place and they had to maintain their position to secure a place […]

Showjumping Team Olympic qualifier

September 12, 2011
RTE's Niall O'Flynn talks to Ireland Showjping Team Manager Robert Spaine on how they can be real medal contenders at the London Olympics - if they qualify at this week's European Championships. The championships, which begin on Tuesday, 13 September in Madrid, represent the last chance for Ireland to qualify a team for the 2012 Olympic […]

Irish eventing team miss out

August 29, 2011
The Irish Three Day Eventing team finished fifth in today's European Championships at Luhmuhlen in Germany on a total penalty score of 206.70. However they missed out on Olympic qualification by 7.5 penalties to Sweden, who finished fourth on 199.20. The other remaining qualification place went to France, who finished second. The competition was won […]

Elliot confirms team

August 25, 2011
Ireland Equestrian High Performance Manager Ginny Elliot has confirmed the four combinations that will form the Irish team at the European Eventing Championships in Luhmuhlen, Germany, which begin today (Thursday). The team will compete in the following order: Mark Kyle; CoolioJayne Doherty; The Only OneJoseph Murphy; Electric CruiseSam Watson; Horseware Bushman The three best finishing […]

Euro Eventing squad named

August 3, 2011
  Ginny Elliot, Team Ireland Equestrian’s eventing high performance manager, yesterday named the Irish squad for the European championships which will determine Olympic qualification, reports Margie McLoone. Four of the six selected combinations will make up the team in Luhmuhlen, Germany, from August 25th to 29th, with the other two riders competing as individuals. Elizabeth […]

Watson and Spiers medal

August 1, 2011
Ireland's Sam Watson and the Irish-bred Horseware Bushman completed an outstanding weekend for Irish eventing when they took the three star class in Hopetoun in Scotland. Kildare's Camilla Speirs and another Irish-bred gelding, Portersize Just a Jiff, finished third. The event was the final selection viewing for the Irish team for the Euro Championships in […]

AGA KHAN squad named

July 27, 2011
Team Ireland Equestrian Showjumping Team Manager Robert Splaine named the Irish Squad for the Aga Khan Trophy which takes place at the RDS on Friday, August 5th. The squad, in alphabetical order, is Shane Breen, Nicola Fitzgibbon, Denis Lynch, Shane Sweetnam and Billy Twomey. Four of these five riders will jump on the team with […]

Twomey world number three

June 2, 2011
Cork's Billy Twomey improves ranking

Irish riders for Badminton Horse Trials

March 25, 2011
Ginny Elliot pleased with entry list

Irish riders dominate World Rankings

January 7, 2011
Irish riders now dominate the top tier of the Rolex World Jumping Rankings, with three listed in the top 12, more than any other country. The official rankings, issued Thursday 6th January by equestrian sport's world governing body, the FEI (Federation Equestre Nationale), show Cork's Billy Twomey at number seven, with Tipperary's Denis Lynch at number nine, […]

Twomey finishes 11th in the World

October 11, 2010
Ireland's Billy Twomey finished 11th in the world after the Top 30 Grand Prix at Kentucky's World Jumping Championships.

Elliot names eventing team

September 29, 2010
Horse Sport Ireland’s High Performance Manager Ginny Elliot has named the four combinations to make up the Irish team for the eventing world championships at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA, which starts tomorrow (Thursday).

Equestrian World Championship preview

September 21, 2010
The World Equestrian Games represent Ireland's first opportunity to qualify Irish teams for the London 2012 games

Curran beats a world-class field

July 13, 2010
Ireland's captain Geoff Curran beat a world-class field to win the Horse Sport Ireland Eventing World Cup Qualifier on the Minister for Defence's 12 year-old Irish-bred bay gelding Kilkeshen at Tattersall's, Co. Meath Sunday.

Introduction to Equestrian

January 1, 2010
The Equestrian disciplines are unique among Olympic sports, in the sense that men and women compete on the same terms and horse and rider are both declared Olympic medal winners. Rider and horse are considered a team. Years of systematic efforts are required for the team to be able to perform adequately various exercises of skill, speed, endurance, and jumping of obstacles. For contact details of Horse Sport Ireland please click on Full story

Elliot names European Eventing Squad

August 21, 2009
Horse Sport Ireland High Performance Manager Ginny Elliot has named the Irish squad for the European Eventing Championships in Fontainebleau, France which take place from September 23rd to 27th.

Ireland's eventing team perform well

June 1, 2009
Horse Sport Ireland Chairman Joe Walsh has described Tattersalls International Horse Trials, incorporating the HSBC World Cup Qualifier, as an outstanding four days for Irish equestrian sport.

HSI report aims to improve "ineffective systems",

March 9, 2009
Horse Sport Ireland launched the conclusions of the Expert Group, chaired by Dr. Gordon Holmes, set up to look at measures to eradicate prohibited substances and practices from the Irish equestrian sector. The report comes on the back of positive medication cases involving horses ridden by Irish riders, two of which took place at the last two Olympic Games in Athens and Hong Kong.

Lynch CAS appeal dismissed

October 3, 2008
The FEI yesterday confirmed that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed the appeal lodged by Irish show jumper Dennis Lynch in relation to his Olympic ban.

Lynch remains under suspension

September 9, 2008
IRISH show jumper Denis Lynch is to remain under provisional suspension until a final decision regarding the doping/medication case involving his Olympic Games mount Lantinus is issued by the Federation Equestre Internationale tribunal.

Lynch disqualification now official

August 17, 2008
Denis Lynch (pictured) was officially disqualified tonight from the Olympics equestrian events for a positive drug test on his horse.

Irish horses prepare for Olympics

July 18, 2008
The seven horses of the Irish Olympic Three Day Event team enter quarantine at 11am on Thursday in Aachen, Germany, and will remain there until 29 July.

Eventing preparatory Olympic squad announced

May 21, 2008
High Performance Coach and four-time Olympic medallist Ginny Elliot said that she had invited 14 riders to join an intense programme with a view to selecting five horses and riders for a team in Hong Kong.

Ginny Elliot appointed as Eventing High Performance Manager

February 27, 2008
HORSE SPORT IRELAND has announced the appointment of Ginny Elliot (formerly Leng) as the new High Performance Manager for Eventing.

Kurten wins World Cup class at Leipzig

January 21, 2008
JESSICA Kurten capped her good run of form at Leipzig, Germany today (Sunday) when she took a convincing victory in the Rolex World Cup Class, the Leipzig Grand Prix.

Kurten moves up to third in World rankings

November 30, 2007
IRELAND'S Jessica Kurten has moved up to third place in the Rolex World Jumping Riders rankings in the new monthly table published by the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale) 29/11/07

Kurten snatches Monaco Grand Prix prize

August 2, 2007
Just over a second separated the finishing times of the top three riders in tonight's (Saturday) Monaco Grand Prix jump-off, but it was Ireland's Jessica Kurten who proved the fastest, and who took home the 100,000 euro prize.

Show Jumper's take Belgian Nations Cup

July 2, 2007
Irish show jumping produced its most convincing win of the 2007 season at Lummen, Belgium (Friday) when defeating 11 other teams to take the Nations’ Cup, its fourth victory in the current series.



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