Equestrian: Twomey withdrawal a blow to Irish hopes in Rotterdam
Ireland's chances in this week's Super League Nations Cup in Rotterdam have taken a knock with the news that Billy Twomey has withdrawn from the team, while Jessica Kuerten has had to change horses writes Louise Parkes.
Capt David O'Brien, with Mo Chroi and Kiltoom, has stepped in. Team manager Robert Splaine last week announced his squad for this fourth round of the eight-leg premier series, which included Kuerten (Castle Forbes Cosma), Twomey (Blue Thunder), Denis Lynch (Abbervail van het Dingeshof), Shane Breen (Carmena Z) and Dermott Lennon (Hallmark Elite).
Splaine confirmed yesterday that Kuerten will now ride Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois instead of Cosma, which was injured while competing in France last weekend.
Twomey had reported problems with Blue Thunder, which tied up after exercise. Tying up occurs when an over-production of lactic acid leads to muscle spasms.
Splaine, meanwhile, has also selected his squad for the forthcoming second-division Nations Cup shows at Ypaja in Finland and Drammen in Norway. Edward Lyttle (Kalvinretto) will be joined at this weekend's Finnish fixture by Alexander Butler (Will Wimble), Joan Greene (Biscaya d'Eversam), Tholm Keane (Warrenstown You 2) and Paddy O'Donnell (Harristown Princess).
A week later Capt Shane Carey links up for the show at Drammen with his top ride Lancero.
Also confirmed are the teams for the European Pony Championships, which take place at Bishops Burton College in England next month.
High Performance Manager Ian Fearon has named his jumping squad as Bertram Allen (Acapella Z and Cassandra Van Het Roelhof), Michael Duffy (Sillogue Darkie), Tom Foley (Dibidoe), Shane Kenny (More Clover) and Kate MacDonagh (Imagine If One).
Just six of the eight named by Susan Shortt will finally travel to the Pony Eventing Championships.
The list currently includes Angela Dennehy (Rose Down), Sarah Dowley (Dromalga Noor), Katie Moffatt (Iratu), Anne Moloney (Nono), Sarah O'Brien (Ice Cool Bailey), Stephanie O'Callaghan (Who's Smudge It), Jodie O'Keeffe (Castleview Rakish Milly) and Josh Pim (Mr Otto).