Irish Eventing team win team Silver at World Equestrian Games and Padraig McCarthy wins individual Silver
The Irish Eventing team have made history by winning the team Silver Medal at the FEI World Equestrian Games in North Carolina, USA, and in the process have qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Team GAIN rider Padraig McCarthy took individual Silver, completing a remarkable day for the Irish at WEG 2018.
The team of Cathal Daniels, Sam Watson, Padraig McCarthy and Sarah Ennis, managed by Sally Corscadden, finished the three Eventing phases of Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping on a final score of 93.0. Great Britain who took gold on 88.8 and France took home the Bronze on 99.8.
Ireland had been in seventh place after Friday’s Dressage, but rose to second place after a phenomenal Cross Country performance on Saturday when all Irish team riders jumped clear.
Padraig McCarthy started the day in seventh place, however a clear round with Mr Chunky not only guaranteed Ireland a medal, but also gave him a chance of a podium finish. Meath’s Sarah Ennis had one fence down with Horseware Stellor Rebound, but kept it at that score to ensure Ireland would take a memorable team silver.
The battle for individual medals was not decided until the very last horse jumped the very last fence. Germany’s Ingrid Klimke looked set to be crowned World Champion when approaching the last fence clear with SAP Hale Bob, but the pole fell to the floor dropping her down to bronze on 27.3, and giving Ireland’s McCarthy the individual silver on 27.2. Britain’s Ros Canter is the new World Champion after her clear round aboard Allstar B saw them finish on 24.6.
It was an amazing result for Team Ireland and even more fantastic for Team GAIN rider Padraig McCarthy coming home with two Silver medals. All roads now lead to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020!