Ireland’s new show jumping manager Rodrigo Pessoa today unveiled his squads for a busy weekend of Nations’ Cup jumping at three different venues.
Though featuring some familiar names, Pessoa appears to be continuing with his policy of introducing a few less well-known Irish combinations at this high level of team competition, to assess potential.
St. Gallen in Switzerland is the biggest of the Nations Cups with a Division One five-star ranking, while Langley in Canada and Uggerhalne in Denmark are three-star events.
None of the competitions is included in Ireland’s quest for 2017 FEI Nations Cup points.
Pessoa will be Chef d’Equipe at St. Gallen, while Michael Blake takes charge at Langley, with Taylor Vard overseeing the team at Uggerhalne.
St. Gallen and Langley take place on Friday, with Uggerhalne scheduled for Saturday afternoon. All three will be available on livestream from FEItv on subscription, and updates will be posted on We Live Horse throughout the weekend.
The three Irish squads are as follows:
CSIO5* St Gallen Switzerland (Nations Cup Friday 1.30pm Irish time)
Bertram Allen with Hector Van D’Abdijhoeve
Mark McAuley with Utchan De Belheme
Anthony Condon with Balzac
Richard Howley with Chinook
Dermott Lennon with Loughview Lou-Lou
CSIO4* Langley British Colombia, Canada (Nations Cup Friday night 12 midnight)
Robert Blanchette with Coupis
Andrew Bourns with CHS Inception (ISH)
Daniel Coyle with Cita or Simba De La Roque
Jennifer Crooks with Tornado
Conor Swail with Flower
CSIO3* Uggerhalne, Denmark (Nations Cup Saturday 2.30pm)
Shane Carey with Quantum KS
Anna Carway with Ajaccio
Michael G Duffy with Lapuccino 2 (ISH)
Matt Garrigan with MHS La Scala (ISH);
Max O’Reilly Hyland with Ahmed Du Calvaire