Tuesday 19 September 2017

Horses strut their stuff and aim for Olympics

Christine O’Donnell, from Kilkenny, and Toni Quail, from Co Down, with Ringfort Rua, who competed at the Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair. Photo: Damien Eagers
Christine O’Donnell, from Kilkenny, and Toni Quail, from Co Down, with Ringfort Rua, who competed at the Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair. Photo: Damien Eagers

Ryan Nugent

Braided hair, hooves painted and dancing to the beat of their rider - the gymnastic horses strutted their stuff on the first day of the Tattersalls International Horse Trials.

First comes the dressage, next the cross country - a longer distance than the Grand National - and finally, this weekend, the 35,000 expected will be treated to the show jumping.

Recognised as the All-Ireland of eventing, Tattersall's is the stepping stone to the Olympics, according to organisers.

Ezib Power - sister of Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Robbie Power - certainly has Tokyo 2020 in her sights.

"There's a lot of work to be done in those four years - it's a long time, but you're always looking towards that," she said.

Irish Independent

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