Horse Sport Ireland rejects rumours Greg Broderick's horse ineligible to compete for Ireland at Olympics
Horse Sport Ireland has sought to downplay speculation that show jumper Greg Broderick’s Olympic dream could be at an end over concerns his horse MHS Going Global can not compete on behalf of Ireland.
In recent days rumours have circulated that the outstanding show jumper’s horse is not registered in Ireland, meaning that Greg would be unable to compete at Rio 2016 due to rules regarding nominated riders and their horses.
However, the Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) this evening said that it had “complete faith in MHS Going Global”.
“We have no issue with nominating Greg or MHS Going Global this Monday,” said a HSI spokesperson.
“The horse been registered in Irish ownership with the FEI since 2012. As far as we’re concern, these rumours are baseless.”
The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) is due to finalise rider applications for Rio this Monday.
Asked about the ‘non-Irish registration’ rumours, the FEI released this statement:
“It is the responsibility of the individual National Federation to ensure the eligibility of all horse and rider combinations nominated to compete at the Olympic Games, including the ownership requirements.
“National Federations qualified to take part at the Olympic Games must send a Certificate of Capability for all Athletes and Horses nominated to the FEI no later than 20 June 2016.
“Only at that point will the FEI validate nominated athletes and horses and only those that meet the full criteria will be eligible to be entered for the Games.
“The FEI will only review nominated entries once they have been submitted.”
Tensions have been high in the Irish equestrian world following a decision to award Greg one of Ireland’s Show Jumping slots for Rio over Bertram Allen, currently ranked 10th in the world.
Ireland secured its individual show jumping slot for Rio largely in part to Bertram’s Olympic ranking.
However under Olympic rules, individual places are allocated to the country of the individual who secures them rather than directly to that rider that does so.
Ireland team manager Robert Splaine last week explained the reasons for picking Greg and his horse MHS Going Global ahead of his higher ranked rival.
"Greg Broderick and MHS Going Global have been outstanding contributors for Ireland in Nations Cups and have been consistent clear round jumpers at 5 star level.
“Their performance [in] Switzerland where they jumped a double clear in the Nations Cup to help Ireland to victory and followed that up with two clear rounds in the Grand Prix, shows they are a combination at the very top of their form.