A full team of four riders will represent Ireland at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which start next month in Normandy, France.
Ireland now has five combinations qualified, which Horse Sport Ireland’s High Performance chairwoman Joan Keogh said was a positive development.
“Together with having a pony team at European Championships this year we hope that having a team at WEG will give increased exposure to dressage in Ireland and encourage more young people to take up the sport,” she said.
The five combinations who have met the qualifying standard are:
James Connor – Casino Royal
Anna Merveldt – Vancouver
Dane Rawlins – Sydney
Judy Reynolds – Vancouver K
Roland Tong – Pompidou
Amanda Renouard has been appointed as the Chef d’Equipe for the games. Renouard is an experienced marketer who specialises in equestrian sport and has expertise working at many international shows across the globe and in representing athletes. A freelance journalist, now based in France, she also runs a small stud, breeding dressage horses.
“It is an exciting prospect for Ireland to have a dressage team for WEG 2014, with combinations that have a solid future ahead of them,” Renouard said. “I am honoured to be appointed Chef d’Equipe and look forward to working with the team and Horse Sport Ireland.”
Horse Sport Ireland’s Dressage High Performance committee will meet next week to select the four combinations to represent Ireland at the Games.