Broderick 'very happy' with horse's form ahead of Olympics
Published 13/07/2016 | 02:30
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.
"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.