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Horse Sport Ireland’s acting High Performance Director, Dag Albert continued: “They all performed brilliantly, especially in Saturday’s cross-country. We all walked the course together and made a plan. They all stuck to it and rode brilliant – everyone played their part. Susie got us off to a perfect start in the final Show Jumping and the rest all did their best, which was enough at the end. I want to thank all involved, the owners, grooms, riders and the all the support staff who helped us to have a successful Championships.”
Horse Sport Ireland CEO Denis Duggan added: “I want to offer huge congratulations to Dag Albert and his squad of Sam Watson, Padraig McCarthy, Susie Berry, Austin O’Connor and Felicity Ward on an outstanding performance to secure Olympic qualification. To have full teams in Show Jumping and now Eventing qualified for Paris 2024 is a massive achievement and gives us the maximum possible time to prepare for Paris. A special word of thanks to the owners of all our horses, to the grooms, coaches and all those working behind the scenes that helped to make this happen.”
Stunning cross-country performance
An outstanding performance from all four members of the Irish Eventing team in Saturday’s cross-country phase at the FEI Eventing World Championships in Pratoni, Italy, moved Dag Albert’s team up a massive seven places to fifth position and into one of the seven qualifying places on offer for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
The Irish quartet of Susie Berry, Padraig McCarthy, Sam Watson and Austin O’Connor all completed the challenging course without jumping penalties, with Ireland adding a total of just six time penalties to their combined Dressage score of 99.0.
Battle for Olympic qualification
The Irish Eventing team, led by Dag Albert, were in 12th place overall following Friday’s conclusion of the Dressage phase at the FEI Eventing World Championships.
Ireland were just under 13 penalties off seventh position heading into the weekend, which was the all-important cut-off position for the seven qualifying places on offer for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
Susie Berry with Monbeg By Design (ISH) [was Eskerhills Elixir] – 2012 gelding by Pacino (BWP), out of Eskerhills Lexis [ISH] by Puissance (ISH)[TIH]. Breeder: Fiona Molloy (Offaly). Owner: Helen Caton. Groom: Crisy Salmon.
Padraig McCarthy with Fallulah (WESTF) – 2009 brown mare by Fidertanz 2, out of Devona by Di Versace. Bred by: Michael Norris, Owner: Amanda and Nicholas Boyle, Diane Brunsden, Peter Cattel and Padraig McCarthy. Groom: Jess Elliott.
Austin O’Connor with Colorado Blue (SHBGB) – 2009 grey gelding by Jaguar Mail, out of Rock Me Baby by Rock Kind. Bred by Mellon Stud, Owner Austin O’Connor and The Salty Syndicate Groom: Francesca Denning
Sam Watson with SAP Talisman (ISH) – 2011 bay gelding by Puissance (ISH), out of Ali Row (TB) by All Royal (TB). Breeder: Rosemary Ponsonby. Owner: Hannah Watson and Julia Watson. Groom: Hannah Watson
Felicity Ward with Regal Bounty (ISH) – 2011 black gelding by Orestus VDL (KWPN), out of Edge of Reason (ISH) by Senang Hati (TB). Breeder: Miriam De Feu. Owner: James O’Callaghan. Groom Ronan Kinsella.
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