Irish horses competing at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games outnumber Ireland’s 21-strong squad of athletes, with 32 horses representing 14 countries in three disciplines.
Ireland is fielding 21 riders across five disciplines, with dressage and para-dressage the first competitions for the squad, on Monday.
Nearly all of the Irish Sport Horses are competing in eventing. The exceptions are the two showjumpers, Suma’s Zorro, who is being ridden by Sameh el Dahan for Egypt, and Castlefield Eclipse, ridden by Switzerland’s Paul Estermann. And two Irish para-equestrians, Breda Bernie and Helen Kearney, ride Irish Sport Horses; Master Mexico and Mister Cool, respectively.
Ireland’s eventing team of Clare Abbott, Aoife Clark, Sarah Ennis, Joseph Murphy, Camilla Speirs and Sam Watson, are all mounted on Irish Sport Horses, and several of the other teams are dominated by Irish bred horses, including Australia, Sweden, Britain, Italy, and the USA, which each have three Irish bred horses on their teams.
In dressage, Ireland is represented by James Connor, Anna Merveldt, Judy Reynolds and Roland Tong, while Para Dressage also has James Dwyer and Kate Kerr-Horan taking part. Both events run until Friday, August 29.
The Endurance discipline starts on August 28 with Ireland represented by Tom McGuinness and Helen McFarland.
Eventing also starts on Thursday, and Ireland fields Clare Abbott, Aoife Clark, Sarah Ennis, Joseph Murphy, Camilla Speirs and Sam Watson.