London success the target for equine team
The London Olympics represent a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Ireland's equestrian teams to compete in climatic conditions that suit them and without any travel burden on our horses.
We have set an ambitious target of winning two medals across the four disciplines.
The Alltech World Equestrian Games take place in Kentucky in September and, while this is a massive sporting event in its own right, our main goal will be to try and secure Olympic qualification for our showjumping and eventing teams.
From this year, Irish teams -- in all disciplines -- will compete under the 'Team Ireland Equestrian' logo.
In tandem with this, Horseware Ireland will launch a new 'Team Ireland Equestrian' line, which will be on sale to those who want to support our teams and riders. Other official suppliers are also coming on board, with Blue Grass Feeds appointed as the official feed consultants to our squads.
Last year, more than 480 riders represented Ireland in international competitions. We have riders representing our country every weekend. Despite a small number of unfortunate incidents in the past few years, they have brought huge credit to Ireland.
It is time for Irish people to get behind our teams, riders, horses and Team Equestrian Ireland. You can keep up- to-date with competitors and their results on www.horse sportireland.ie.
The main issues for Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) this year will be the implementation of a new breeding policy and the establishment of the Team Ireland Equestrian brand.