Equestrian: Ireland's olympic boost
Ireland will field a full squad of five riders in Eventing at the Olympics it was confirmed yesterday. Initially three places were secured, but the failure of competitors from other countries to achieve the standard has opened up the reserve list and Ireland has benefitted on the double.
This brings the number of Irish in the three equestrian disciplines to eight. Eventing High Performance Manager, Ginny Elliott, will nominate her choice to the Olympic Council of Ireland on July 2, from a list of 10 riders and 11 horses.
The hopefuls are Aoife Clark, Jayne Doherty, Sarah Ennis, Mark Kyle, Joseph Murphy, Elizabeth Power, Michael Ryan, Camilla Speirs, Sam Watson and Capt Geoff Curran. Speirs and the part-Connemara pony Portersize Just a Jiff are strong contenders and likely to be well-suited to the confines of the cross-country track.
Show Jumping manager, Robert Splaine, has not yet named the riders who will take up the two individual show jumping spots earned through the performances of Denis Lynch and Billy Twomey.
However, the Corkman seems unlikely to overlook the two men.
Anna Merveldt has earned a place in Olympic Dressage.