IRELAND EVENTING TEAM IN SEVENTH AFTER FIRST DAY AT WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES

AFTER the first day of Eventing at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, Ireland is lying seventh of 16 teams.

 

Leading the Irish after the initial day of dressage is Sarah Ennis with Horseware Stellor Rebound in tenth place on 48.5 penalties, with fellow team member Sam Watson in 32nd position on 59.8 penalties on Horseware Bushman.

 

Individual Irish rider Clare Abbott and Euro Prince held overnight 28th place on 57.3, while Britain’s William Fox-Pitt was the day’s leader on 37.5 penalties with Chilli Morning.

 

Friday sees Irish team members Joseph Murphy and Aoife Clark undertake their dressage tests, along with individual rider Camilla Speirs.

 

The vital eventing cross-country phase take place in Normandy on Saturday, with medals being decided after Sunday’s show jumping.

 

In Para Dressage, Ireland’s Helen Kearney and Mister Cool had an impressive 71.522 per cent score today in the Grade 1a section to put them in provisional fifth place. Kate Kerr-Horan and Arlande scored 66.343 per cent in the Grade II Individual test to earn them a ninth place, while in the Grade IV Individual test James Dwyer and Orlando had 64.429 per cent, also for a ninth place.

Helen McFarland with Just Cmall and Tom MacGuinness on Horseware LR Arista started their Endurance race today, which is scheduled to finish this evening.

 The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy brings together close to 1,000 riders and 1,000 horses from 74 nations for 15 days of world-class competition. The World Equestrian Games take place every four years, halfway between sets of consecutive Summer Olympic Games, and are administered by the world governing body, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI).