WITH just 12 days to go to the start of the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games at Tryon in North Carolina USA, Co. Cork’s Patricia Ryan was called up to the Irish Eventing squad after an injury to Kildare’s Aoife Clark.
Ryan will travel to Tryon with the 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding ‘Dunrath Eclipse’ and, along with being Ireland’s first reserve for the team competition, they will compete as individuals.
Speaking at the squad final training day before departure for Tryon, Irish Eventing team manager Sally Corscadden said: “Sadly for Aoife Clark, she has been ruled out through injury. This is most unfortunate for Aoife after producing a very good preparation run with her World Equestrian Games horse, ‘Fernhill Adventure’, when finishing sixth in the CIC3* in Hartpury. Tim Bourke was named first reserve, but his horse has picked up a viral infection, so is also out of contention. The second reserve Patricia Ryan and ‘Dunrath Eclipse’ will now travel as an individual and Patricia joined the team for final training in the UK before departure for Tryon. Patricia had a very good individual result at Luhmulhen CCI4* in June this year and we wish her the best of luck.”
The updated Irish Eventing Squad for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games is:
Tipperary’s Padraig McCarthy with ‘Mr Chunky’ – owned by Christopher and Sarita Perkins, Huw Lloyd and Lucy Wiegersma;
Galway’s Cathal Daniels with ‘Rioghan Rua’ (ISH) – owned by Margaret Kinsella;
Meath’s Sarah Ennis with ‘Horseware Stellor Rebound’ (ISH) – owned by Horseware Products Ltd, Niki Potterton and Orla Ennis;
Carlow’s Sam Watson and ‘Horseware Ardagh Highlight’ (ISH) – owned by Belinda Keir;
(First reserve and individual) Cork’s Patricia Ryan with ‘Dunrath Eclipse’ (ISH) – owned by Tom and Carol Henry.
The 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games runs from September 11 to 23 with the Eventing competition starting with Dressage on September 13 and 14, followed by Cross-Country on September 15 and the final Show Jumping phase on September 16.