Equestrian: Curran hoping Jump Jet will take flight in Kentucky after travel odyssey
Published 22/04/2010 | 05:00
Capt Geoff Curran arrived in Kentucky late Tuesday night after a frantic three-day travel odyssey that took him to Madrid before crossing the Atlantic for the 4-Star 2010 Rolex Three Day Event which begins today.
His horse, The Jump Jet, had already flown out, but the army rider's travel plans were thrown into chaos due to the volcanic ash crisis. Curran set off on the ferry from Rosslare to Cherbourg last Sunday accompanied by the Equitation School's Second-in-Command, Commandant Tom Freyne.
On arrival at the French port on Monday, the pair then undertook a 14-hour overnight drive to Madrid where they boarded a plane for the nine-hour flight to Altanta.
They landed on US soil on Tuesday evening and then took another flight to Kentucky. Yesterday The Jump Jet was due to line out in the first veterinary inspection, accompanied by his very tired rider.
Curran's mission is to impress the selectors with his potential for selection for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in September.
He will have his work cut out as this annual fixture has attracted the cream of international riders including Britain's Oliver Townend, who is looking to win the Grand Slam of eventing.
It's only been done once before, by his team-mate Pippa Funnell in 2003, and having topped Badminton and Burghley last year he just has to do it one more time to collect the $350,000 prize.
Ireland's only other contender at the Kentucky fixture is US-based Hilda Donahue, and Waterford-born Curran will be pleased that he has an extra day to recover because both Irish riders line out in tomorrow's second day of dressage.
Meanwhile at Belton Park in England last Sunday, Dubliner Ciaran Glynn produced a good result when finishing eighth in the CIC 3-Star riding Killossery Kruisita.
And at home the same afternoon, show jumper John Floody claimed the HSI Chippison Spring Tour title when second to Paul O'Shea in the final leg at Coilog Equestrian Centre in Kildare.