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GERMANY took the team gold medal, ahead of Britain who took silver, while Sweden collected the bronze.
The European Championships are also an Olympic qualifier, however, Ireland had already qualified for Tokyo following their silver medal win at last year’s World Championships.
A delighted Irish Eventing team manager Sally Corscadden said: “It is absolutely outstanding for a boy of his age [Cathal Daniels (22)] to finish in this company with Ingrid Klimke and Michael Jung on the podium. Cathal has worked very hard to improve his Dressage with this mare and that enabled him to pull off this result. It is very exciting with Tokyo just around the corner. We planned for this from a long way off and it really stood to Cathal that he competed here in Luhmühlen last year and this result has really put him on the world stage.
“It was a great effort from the team overall. It was unfortunate that Ciaran was forced to pull out before the final phase and this along with the 20 penalties Sam picked up put us out of contention for a medal, but that’s the way it goes. We were really going for it and I am happy that once again we were very competitive and we will have learned a lot from another Championships. I want to thank all our trainers and backroom team and most especially all our horses’ owners for their support,” Corscadden said.
Horse Sport Ireland CEO Ronan Murphy added: “This was a superb performance from Cathal Daniels to win an individual bronze medal and from all our squad who were very competitive this week. This the perfect build up for the Tokyo Olympics next year and I want to thank our Eventing Team Manager Sally Corscadden, all of the High Performance coaches, support team, riders, owners and the team at Horse Sport Ireland.”