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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Broderick 'very happy' with horse's form ahead of Olympics

Siobhán English

Published 13/07/2016 | 02:30

Greg Broderick pictured at his stud farm in Tipperary with MHS Going Global. Photo: Dylan Moran.
Greg Broderick pictured at his stud farm in Tipperary with MHS Going Global. Photo: Dylan Moran.

Olympic-bound Greg Broderick has been enjoying a few weeks on the international circuit in the run-up to the Dublin Horse Show, where MHS Going Global will have his last outing before leaving for Rio de Janeiro early next month.

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"Everything is going to plan and I am very happy with the way the horse has been jumping," the rider said from Knokke in Belgium where he has been based for the past fortnight.

"He was double clear in the Grand Prix last Sunday and will jump in the same class again this weekend.

"I am really using these as a schooling exercise and not being overly-competitive as it's a similar surface (sand and fibre) to what we will have in Rio."

The 10-year-old Irish-bred gelding MHS Going Global will join dozens of other European-based horses leaving from Liege in Belgium on August 6.

With Peden's own professional grooms only allowed to travel with the horses, the rider's head groom Ashley Skillen will be there on his arrival into Rio, with Mr Broderick leaving Ireland on August 7.

In recent weeks Greg Broderick has been subject to much scrutiny over his selection by team manager Robert Splaine.

In addition, an anonymous phone call to the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) querying the horse's ownership had also attracted negative press.

The FEI later released a statement outlining the horse's eligibility and that their nomination to represent Ireland was confirmed.

"Thankfully everything has quietened down now and after this show we will be getting ready for Dublin," he said.

Climate change

Last year the rider spent several weeks on the Californian show jumping circuit and MHS Going Global coped well in the intense heat there, so he is not worried about the climate change the horse will undergo in the coming weeks.

"He jumped well in higher temperatures in America and Brazil is still in winter so it will be a good bit cooler."

The scares over the Zika Virus have also given him little reason to worry and he is baffled as to why so many golfers have withdrawn in recent weeks.

"To be honest I don't think they are really interested in competing in the Olympics, so to me it's just an easy cop-out."

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