Ireland’s young eventers were amongst those honoured at reception to recognise the achievements of underage riders last year.
The reception was hosted on Thursday January 14 by GAIN Horse feeds and Horse Sport Ireland at Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny, to celebrate the success of Team Ireland Equestrian’s underage Showjumping and Eventing Teams in 2015. Greg Broderick Irish international showjumper who was part of the Aga Khan Winning Showjumping team in 2015 was the special guest at the event.
Team Ireland Equestrian celebrated no fewer than six European medals in 2015 including team and individual medals in eventing. Zara Nelson riding Millridge Buachaill Bui won Individual Bronze FEI European Championships for Ponies in Malmo, whilst Ireland’s Young Rider team made up of Tony Kennedy, Suzie Berry, Cathal Daniels and Harold Megahey secured Bronze at the FEI European Eventing Championships for Young Riders in Strzegom.
James Kennedy Chairman of the HSI Finance Committee presented mementos to the medallists on behalf of Horse Sport Ireland. “These riders have put Ireland up in lights. They and their families deserve huge credit. The high performance structures which are now in place are working well and I want to thank the coaches and the HSI staff for the work they put in to ensure our teams are professionally prepared when they go to these Championships” he said.
Henry Corbally, Chairman of Glanbia Plc, said ’’ Glanbia and GAIN Horse Feeds are very proud sponsors of Team Ireland Equestrian underage show-jumping and eventing teams. They have had a hugely successful year and we were delighted to host this event in recognition of their achievements in 2015. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all Team Ireland Equestrian competitors the very best for 2016.”
Sarah Carless Reporter at Large