Olympic showroom for Irish sport horses
The Olympics will offer a shop window for the best in Irish sport horse breeding, with 16 Irish-bred animals competing in London.
Fourteen of those horses will take part in the eventing competition which finishes today, while Castlefield Eclipse and Flexible take part in the show jumping.
Five of the Irish-bred horses will represent Ireland, with three representing the USA and two representing Britain. These include High Kingdom, which will be ridden by Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Zara Phillips.
Irish-bred horses will also compete for Canada, New Zealand, Ecuador, Jamaica, Switzerland and Sweden.
Perhaps the toughest Irish Sport Horse in history, Lenamore, is competing under the New Zealand flag at the remarkable age of 19.
Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said the Olympics were a crucial showcase for Irish-bred horses.
The Irish Sport Horse sector is worth over €400m to the economy each year and supports 16,000 full-time jobs.
Meanwhile, the mystery breeder of one of Ireland's top equine Olympic hopefuls has finally been identified as Pat Nihill from O'Brien's Bridge, Co Clare.