Horse Sport Ireland Show Jumping team manager Robert Splaine has recommended Greg Broderick and MHS Going Global (ISH) be nominated by Horse Sport Ireland to the Olympic Council of Ireland to represent Ireland at the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
"This has been a very difficult decision to make as we are fortunate that our four main contenders for the place are very strong,” Robert Splaine said.
Greg Broderick and MHS Going Global (ISH) have been outstanding contributors for Ireland in Nations Cups and have been consistent clear round jumpers at 5 star level.
In St. Gallen, Switzerland last weekend they jumped a double clear in the Nations Cup to help Ireland to victory, and followed that up with two clear rounds in the Grand Prix.
Splaine said the result “shows they are a combination at the very top of their form.”
Broderick and the horse were also members of last year’s Investec Irish Show Jumping team at Dublin Horse Show where they jumped a double clear round to help Ireland to victory.
There was some surprise at the decision, with many expecting Bertram Allen to get the nod. 20-year-old Allen is currently ranked in the top ten in the world, but has only been chosen as one of three reserves for Ireland. Broderick is currently ranked 252nd in the world,
Ah lads how is Bertram Allen not going to Rio? We have few medal hopefuls and yet we decide to leave one of our best prospects at home.— Michael Verney (@mlverney) June 8, 2016
Well done to Greg Broderick on getting the Olympic place, but it has to be heartbreaking for Bertram Allen. 252 picked ahead of 10. #strange— Irish Rugby News (@IrishRugby1234) June 8, 2016
World #9 Bertram Allen & 2012 medal winner Cian O'Connor left at home as world #252 chosen to go to Rio! Strange! https://t.co/IIGXTaE2oB— Darren Frehill (@Darrenfrehill) June 8, 2016
Greg Broderick hails from outside Thurles in Co. Tipperary where he operates Ballypatrick Stables. The 31-year-old has been nominated with Irish Sport Horse, MHS Going Global, a ten year-old gelding owned by Caledonia stables.
Ireland is currently the first reserve for an individual place and for a team place at Rio. Should an extra team or individual place open up between now and the definite entry date of July 18, Robert Splaine has listed three reserve combinations.
These are, in alphabetical order:
Bertram Allen and Molly Malone
Denis Lynch and Allstar
Cian O'Connor and Good Luck