Ireland on leaders' trail
Ireland lies a close third of the three competing nations in the FEI Nations Cup Eventing that got underway in Fairyhouse yesterday, boosted by a strong second-place finish in the dressage phase by Sarah Ennis.
Riding Horseware Stellor Rebound, Ennis scored 36.50 and is just 0.50 behind leader Luc Chateau. Combined with the scores posted by Sam Watson (Imperial Sky) who lies 11th, Austin O'Connor (Balham Houdini) in 17th and Cathal Daniels (Back Chat) in 22nd, the Irish total of 132.20 leaves them less than 10 penalty points behind the French leaders and four points adrift of Britain in second.
Nations Cup showjumping takes place today, with the cross-country tomorrow.
Charlotte Dixon continues to hold the lead in the Land Rover 1-Star after a brilliant cross-country run yesterday with V Zermie.
The Irish showjumping team finished seventh in the eight-nation FEI Nations Cup in Switzerland.
A 12-fault tally at the end of the first round left Rodrigo Pessoa's Irish side in fifth place at the halfway stage, and they added 16 more when Dermott Lennon (Loughview Lou-Lou) and Anthony Condon (Balzac) each double-faulted and Richard Howley (Chinook) and Mark McAuley (Utchan de Belheme) again put four faults on the board.