Ireland Eventing Team win Boekelo Nations’ Cup
IRELAND’S eventing team of Cathal Daniels, Jonty Evans, Padraig McCarthy and Joseph Murphy achieved an historic win the Netherlands on Sunday when they secured the first ever Irish FEI Eventing Nations’ Cup victory since the series began in 2012. Three of the team are customers of GAIN Horse Feeds!
Holding the overnight lead at the three-star show in Boekelo after cross country yesterday, the Irish team saw off strong challenges from the USA and New Zealand, who finished second and third respectively..
With Ireland holding a marginal overnight lead, Joseph Murphy and Westwinds Hercules were the only Irish combination to finish the show jumping phase on a zero score. Nineteen year-old Cathal Daniels, who had helped take Ireland into the lead with a clear round in the cross country phase with Rioghan Rua, returned with 12 faults, while Padraig McCarthy and Simon Porloe had two fences down for eight faults. Jonty Evans on Cooley Rorke’s Drift left all the poles up but incurred three time faults.
However, as the USA and New Zealand battled it out for silver and bronze positions, Ireland’s lead gradually widened, and at the finish were a decisive 22 penalty points ahead of second-placed USA, with New Zealand settling for third.
Speaking after the win, Horse Sport Ireland Senior Eventing High Performance Manager Nick Turner said: “I am absolutely delighted for the team, who each showed great resolve and a determination to win the final leg on the Nations” Cup here in Boekelo. The win is as a result of great teamwork and focusing on delivering the best individual performances in each phase.
“With areas that we can still improve on over the next 300 days in the build up to Rio, the goal of a podium finish at next years Olympic Games is looking very much within our sights!”
Congratulations to all the members of the Irish eventing team from all at GAIN Horse Feeds!