The Team Ireland Equestrian Eventing Squad is going on tour next month.
Some of the nation’s top riders, along with their their coaches Ian Woodhead and Ian Fearon, are holding an Eventing Training Demonstration Tour between the 2 and 4 February 2018. Co-hosted by Sam Watson and Diarm Byrne of Equiratings, the tour has an educational and fun line-up. Ian Woodhead will be working with both young and advanced horses, covering topics such as ring craft, turnout for dressage, and how flatwork training links into jumping and cross country. Ian Fearon will demonstrate how to train young horses and the step up to the more technical aspects required for 4* and Championship competitions. Spectators will have the opportunity to interact with our Olympic and Championship horses and riders. This includes special appearances at all venues from the amazing ‘pint-sized’ equestrian stars, Portersize Just a Jiff, and Rioghan Rua who have done it all from Pony Club to International 4* Eventing. The tour will also help raise funds for the squad on their journey to the World Equestrian Games held in Tryon, North Carolina, USA later on in the year.
The tour will begin in Maryville Stables in Cork on 2nd, move to Spruce Lodge in Wicklow on the 3rd and conclude in Portmore Equestrian Centre, Armagh on 4th.
Sally Corscadden, Eventing Senior High Performance Director, commented: “The purpose of this promotional tour is to give something back to our many supporters. We are showcasing our horses and riders, our training, and at the same time raising funds for training and travel to the Games which are being held in Tryon, North Carolina, U.S.A. The World Equestrian Games are the first opportunity for the team to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”
Athletes taking part inthe Demo tour are:
- Aoife Clark
- Clare Abbott
- Cathal Daniels
- Sarah Ennis
- Jonty Evans
- Joseph Murphy
- Michael Ryan
- Patricia Ryan
- Camilla Speirs
- Sam Watson