Irish event riders were honour at the Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) medal reception following an outstanding year.
In September, the senior Irish Eventing team made history winning the World Championship silver medal whilst Padraig McCarthy won the individual silver medal at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, and in the process gained Olympic qualification for Tokyo 2020.
Each of the Irish silver medal winning Eventing team – Sam Watson, Padraig McCarthy, Sarah Ennis and Cathal Daniels – were presented with specially commissioned trophies at the HSI medal reception while gifts were also given to the owners of the Irish WEG team horses.
Irish Eventing team manager Sally Corscadden, show jumping coach to the Irish Eventing team Ian Fearon and Dressage coach to the Irish Eventing team Ian Woodhead, were named Coaches of the year after making history at the World Equestrian Games
The GAIN Irish Under 16 (Pony) Eventing squad of Isabelle Comerford, Chloe Fagan, Holly Love, Harry Swan, and Sophie Foyle, led by team manager Becky Cullen, were also honour having won European team silver, with individual silver also going to Sophie Foyle.
HSI CEO Ronan Murphy stressed the important role that all of Horse Sport Ireland’s High-Performance Directors have played in the success this season and finished by complimenting all Irish riders on their outstanding results: “I would like to say to the riders, on behalf of everyone from Horse Sport Ireland, that what you have achieved in 2018 is truly inspiring. We are very fortunate in that Team Ireland has an increasing number of exceptionally talented riders capable of competing at this level.”
In his closing speech, Chairman of Horse Sport Ireland Joe Reynolds commented that HSI are “very lucky to have a “dream team” of riders and support staff, particularly when you see the number of young people who have won medals and you would have to say the sport is in a good place and it looks extremely good for the future.”