Olympics silver lining for Irish horse breeders in London

Irish horse breeders shared in this week’s silver medal Olympic performance by the Great Britain team.

John Brennan Ballyscanlon, Tramore, Co Waterford, is the breeder of Imperial Cavalier, the mount of team member Mary King, the combination which finished fifth in the Olympics individual eventing.

William Micklem, Annacrivey Stud, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, is the breeder of High Kingdom, the mount of team member Zara Phillips, Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter, who was eighth in the individual eventing.

All the Irish Olympic mounts were Irish sport horses, including Master Crusoe, on which Aoife Clark was seventh in the individual final.

A superb show jumping display from Ireland’s surviving riders, Aoife Clark, Joseph Murphy and Mark Kyle, saw Ireland finish fifth in the team competition, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has congratulated the breeders of the 16 Irish horses selected to represent nine countries in the equestrian events at the London Olympics.

Five of the Irish sport horses represent Ireland, three the USA, and two Great Britain. Irish-bred horses also compete for Canada, New Zealand, Ecuador, Jamaica, Switzerland and Sweden.


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