The team managers who will oversee Ireland’s Youth Eventing High Performance Programme have been named by Horse Sport Ireland. Becky Cullen, Dag Albert and Sue Short will take charge of the Pony Junior and Young Rider teams respectively.
Cullen guided the GAIN Irish Pony Eventing team to win the Bronze Medal at the FEI European Championships and in 2018 her team added a European team silver and an individual silver medal.
Of her reappointment, Cullen said: “I am delighted to be Involved once again with the High Performance Pony squad. We only have one athlete left from last year’s Championships so I am looking forward to the challenge of taking a new group of athletes to Strezgom to try and win more medals.”
Swedish-born Dag Albert has been appointed to the position of High Performance Team Manager for Ireland’s Junior Eventing team. Albert is one of Sweden’s most experienced Eventing riders having enjoyed success representing his country at Pony, Junior, Young rider and Senior level, representing Sweden at European and World Championships along with the Olympic Games.
Albert commented: “I am really looking forward to working with the Juniors and hope I can really contribute to their success from my own experiences and to assist them to maximise their potential and enjoyment of this fantastic sport.”
Sue Shortt has been appointed to the position of High Performance Team Manager for Ireland’s Young Rider Eventing team. Shortt represented Ireland in Eventing at Junior, Young Rider and Senior level, including the Athens and Sydney Olympic Games and the World Equestrian Games in Spain. From 2005 to 2013, she was the High Performance Team Manager for the Irish Pony team team during which time the team and individual riders achieved numerous medal successes at European Championship level. In 2013, Sue assumed the role of Team Manager and rider for the Yulong Provincial Equestrian Team in Shanxi, China, which enjoyed podium success at Chinese national level.
On her appointment she commented:“I am honoured and excited to accept the role of HSI High Performance Manager to the Young Rider Team. I would like to thank HSI for this opportunity and I am looking forward to working with a talented team of coaches and riders. My aim is not only to achieve podium success in 2019, but also to develop strength and depth in the Young Rider Squad, to produce well educated riders who can fully maximise their talents and resources and become our Senior Team riders of the future.”
The FEI European Championships for Juniors and Young Riders take place in Maarsbergen in the Netherlands in July, whilst the FEI European Championships for Ponies will take place at Strezgom in Poland in August.