The Irish Independent sports team has thrown up quite an eclectic mix of sporting cult heroes over the last week-and-a-half, characters who illuminated the theatres in which they performed, bringing grace, charisma and even controversy with them.
Irish Dressage star Judy Reynolds, who currently sits 13th in the world rankings, made a good recovery from an uncharacteristically poor result in Friday's Grand Prix, finishing a strong sixth in Saturday's FEI World Cup Freestyle in Stuttgart.
Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) yesterday announced the departure of showjumping team manager Rodrigo Pessoa, the Brazilian who helped secure Ireland's team ticket to Tokyo 2020. The six-time Olympian didn't hang up his boots after taking the Irish job in 2017, and has declared his intention to compete for Brazil at next year's Olympic Games.
Ireland will have a Dressage team at the Olympic Games for the first time in after the 'Girls In Green' secured qualification for Tokyo 2020 after a stunning performance at the Longines FEI European Championships in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
The visitors didn't get a look in on the opening day of international main-arena action at the Stena Line Dublin Horse Show at the RDS yesterday, where Irish riders ran rampant, winning all three classes and filling the top-six places in the closing Sport Ireland Classic.
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