Monday 22 January 2018

Horse Sport Ireland stands by Broderick over Rio registration

Greg Broderick: HSI said it has total faith in him and his horse. SPORTSFILE
Greg Broderick: HSI said it has total faith in him and his horse. SPORTSFILE

David Kearns

Horse Sport Ireland has dismissed rumours that showjumper Greg Broderick's Olympic dream could be at an end over concerns that his horse, MHS Going Global, cannot compete on behalf of Ireland.

In recent days, reports have circulated that the outstanding showjumper's horse is not registered in Ireland. This would prevent Broderick from competing at Rio 2016 due to rules regarding nominated riders and their horses.

However, Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) said last night 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 was bred in Ireland; it has been registered in Irish ownership with the International Federation of Equestrian Sports (FEI) since 2012. As far as we're concerned, these rumours are baseless."

The FEI is to finalise the rider applications for Rio this Monday.

Asked about the 'non-Irish registration' rumours, the FEI released this statement: "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 June 20, 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".

Some members of Ireland's equestrian scene were surprised when Broderick was chosen for Rio over Bertram Allen, who is ranked 10th in the world.

Ireland secured its individual showjumping slot for Rio in part due 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 the rider that does so.

Ireland's team manager Robert Splaine last week explained the reasons for picking Broderick and MHS Going Global ahead of his higher ranked rival.

He said: "Greg Broderick and MHS Going Global have been outstanding contributors for Ireland in Nations Cups and have been consistent clear round jumpers at five-star level.

"Their performance (in) Switzerland, following that up with two clear rounds in the Grand Prix, shows they are at the very top of their form."

Irish Independent

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