Lynch and Twomey to get nod for Olympics
Although Horse Sport Ireland (HSI), had still not confirmed the show-jumping riders selected for the London Olympics by yesterday evening, the Irish Independent has learned that, as expected, Billy Twomey and Denis Lynch have been awarded the two available places by team manager Robert Splaine.
The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) must approve the selection, which is normally a matter of rubber-stamping HSI's call, and on Friday, a spokesman for the OCI said that a decision would be made "as soon as we are informed by HSI".
Tipperary-born Lynch (36) and Corkman Twomey (35) met with HSI and OCI officials at Dublin Airport yesterday morning.
Lynch, who is based in Germany, was nominated for the Games with two horses -- Lantinus and Abbervail van het Dingeshof. Twomey, who lives in Nottinghamshire, England, was listed with both Tinka's Serenade and Je T'Aime Flamenco.
It is understood that Lynch's ride will be Abbervail and not Lantinus, the horse with which he was disqualified in the closing stages of the Beijing Games when it tested positive for a prohibited substance .
It is believed that Twomey will partner the mare Tinka's Serenade, which is owned by Sue Davies. Lynch is also named on the reserve list with All Inclusive.
Lynch, Twomey, Cian O'Connor, Dermott Lennon and Shane Breen are on Splaine's squad for the fifth leg of the FEI Nations Cup Superleague that takes place in Germany on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Shane Sweetnam continued his spectacular run of form at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Canada, when finishing a close second in Sunday night's World Cup Qualifier on Amaretto Darco.
And last night HSI was unable to confirm whether an Olympic eventing team list we received was indeed correct.
The list included, in the following order: Master Crusoe (Aoife Clarke), Portersize Just a Jiff (Camilla Speirs), Electric Cruise (Joseph Murphy), Coolio (Mark Kyle), Ballylynch Adventure (Michael Ryan), Shanaclough Crecora (Capt Geoff Curran) and Horseware Bushman (Sam Watson). The final two horses were reserves.