Sunday 21 January 2018

Equestrian: Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Louise Parkes

The Irish Eventing team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky have been dealt a blow by the withdrawal of Elizabeth Power due to an injury to her horse, Kilpatrick River.

Power is a daughter of Capt Con Power, who was a great hero of the Irish show jumping team in the 1970s.

She is also a sister to Grand National-winning jockey Robert Power, who was a crucial member of the side that will be hoping to earn Olympic qualification with a top-five finish in next week's competition.

Her horse arrived in Kentucky on Sunday, but was lame following exercise on Monday, and yesterday the decision was taken to withdraw him from the event.

It is a big disappointment for the 25-year-old Meath rider, who finished 11th at the super tough Badminton Horse Trials in 2009, and for Irish eventing team manager Ginny Eilliott, who still has five other riders from whom she will select her team of four.

The remaining squad members are Patricia Ryan (Fernhill Clover Mist), Mark Kyle (Step in Time), Camilla Spiers (Portersize Just a Jiff), Sam Watson (Horseware Bushman) and Capt Geoff Curran (The Jump Jet).

The 16-day games begin today when Ollie Galligan (Whizardrie 'n' Starlite) flies the flag in the reining competition and Judy Reynolds (Remember) will compete in the dressage element of the championship, which begins on Monday.

The eventing action does not kick off until next Thursday, while show jumping begins the following Monday when Cian O'Connor (K Club Lady), Denis Lynch (Lantinus), Billy Twomey (Tinkas Serenade), Shane Sweetnam (Amaretto Darco) and Dermott Lennon (Hallmark Elite) will line out.

James O'Dwyer (Orlando) is Ireland's sole representative in para-dressage, which begins the following day.

Irish Independent

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