Monday 24 July 2017

Irish pair ready for action

Equestrian

Louise Parkes

Anna Merveldt and Judy Reynolds will represent Ireland at the 25th FEI European Dressage Championships, which kicks off in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, tomorrow.

Former British rider Dane Rawlins, who switched allegiance to Ireland earlier this year, was due to join them but has withdrawn due to injury.

Merveldt is the first Irish rider in many years to enter the top 50 in the world dressage rankings and lies in 49th place. She soared up the rankings list after showing excellent form with her top ride, Coryolano, on the hallowed ground at Aachen, Germany, last month when she qualified for the Freestyle to Music finale.

The 48-year-old is based in Bavaria where she coaches 30-year-old Reynolds who will line out this week with Remember, which showed excellent form at the CDI 3-Star in Spain earlier this year.

But for many dressage aficionados these championships are about the great stallion Totilas and whether his new rider, Matthias Alexander Rath, can produce the performances that blew away the opposition at the Europeans in Windsor two years ago.

Meanwhile, Irish export Darragh Kenny (23) has enjoyed a purple patch at the six-week Vermont Summer Festival and last weekend took three of the top six placings in the final Grand Prix, including pole position with Obelix.

Irish Independent

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