Kildare teen becomes youngest winner of Hickstead Derby in UK

A Kildare teenager has become the youngest ever winner of the Hickstead Derby in the UK today.

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Irish focus returns to Global Champions League

This week Portugal hosts a round of the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) as the action moves to the coastal venue of Estoril. Irish riders Bertram Allen, Michael Duffy, Denis Lynch, Darragh Kenny, and Mark McAuley will all be in the hunt for individual purses as well as appearances for their respective Global Champions League (GCL) teams.

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New Zealander Tim Price on top of the world

New Zealander Tim Price has topped the latest FEI world eventing rankings just days after winning the George Mernagh Memorial CCI4*-S at Tattersalls International Horse Trials in Co Meath, while Ireland’s Elizabeth Power has made a significant climb following her fourth-place finish in the Irish Field CCI4*-L at the same meeting.

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International equestrian spotlight shines on Ireland this week

Ireland grabs its share of international attention this week with Tattersalls International Horse Trials getting underway in Co. Meath today and Mullingar hosting its two-star international show jumping meeting over the Bank Holiday weekend.

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No pressure as Ireland head for Rome showpiece

Ireland’s show jumping team manager Rodrigo Pessoa brings a five-member squad to Rome for this week’s Italian Nations Cup, but will not face the same pressure he experienced last week in France.

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Irish ready to fire at French Nations Cup

Friday sees the first of Ireland’s competitive show jumping team fixtures this year as manager Rodrigo Pessoa brings a strong squad to La Baule for the French Nations Cup.

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O’Connor dreams big at Hagen

Cian O’Connor takes his relatively recent acquisition Irenice Horta to this week’s four-star Horses and Dreams fixture at Hagen in Germany.

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FEI says horses will be ‘better prepared than ever’ in Tokyo

Equestrian’s world governing body, the FEI, has spent the past two days hosting its annual Sports Forum in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the attendees were told that horses will never have had it as good as they will at the next Olympics.

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First equine piroplasmosis since 2009

Horse owners are on alert after equine piroplasmosis was found in a mare in Co Kilkenny.

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Reynolds carries Irish hopes in Sweden

All eyes are on Gorthenburg this week as the Swedish city hosts the annual FEI World Cup Finals in both show jumping and dressage.

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FEI reports ‘strong interest’ in world championship bids

The world governing body of equestrian sport, the FEI, says that there has been strong interest in the bidding process to stage the 2022 World Championships, with a global spread of potential hosts across four continents which includes venues in 20 different countries.

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Olympic window opens for Irish dressage

The past weekend was a good one for Irish dressage.

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Dutch Masters should be a clincher for Reynolds

This weekend should see Ireland’s Judy Reynolds secure a place at the 2018/2019 FEI Dressage World Cup final, which takes place in Gothenburg, Sweden in April.

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O’Connor and Allen team up for Global Champions League

Cian O’Connor and Bertram Allen have signed up to compete for the Valkenswaard United team ahead of the new season of the Global Champions League (GCL) which gets underway in Doha, Qatar, this weekend.

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Irish stars take fight to Bordeaux

Bertram Allen returns to the scene of a memorable victory this weekend as he lines out in Bordeaux at the final showjumping qualifier in the European division of the 2018/2019 FEI World Cup series.

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FEI World Cup focus moves to Amsterdam

Ireland will be represented in dressage and show jumping at this weekend’s Amsterdam round of the FEI World Cup as the 2018/2019 qualifying series moves closer to conclusion.

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Olympic incentive will add spice to 2019 Dublin Horse Show

The 2019 show jumping FEI Nations Cup fixtures were confirmed at the weekend and will see Ireland compete in qualifiers in France, Poland, the UK, and at home in Dublin. The series carries an extra edge this year as one Olympic place is winnable for those who make it to the October final in Barcelona.

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Winter Festival kicks off hectic year for Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam

The year is getting off to a familiar start for Irish riders based in the US as the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) commences in Wellington, Florida today and continues for three months.

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Olympian's horse breeding business earns profits of over €1.3m

The horse breeding business owned by Olympic show jumping medalist, Cian O'Connor enjoyed profits of €1.365m last year.

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Rodrigo Pessoa ready to resume quest for place at Tokyo Olympics

The securing of a one-year extension to his contract as Ireland’s show jumping team manager was welcomed last week by Rodrigo Pessoa, whose priority in his coming term is to get his charges to Tokyo 2020.

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Irish stars look to bank riches at Swiss showpiece

The run-up to Christmas features a number of lucrative fixtures on the show jumping calendar, writes Mike Dunne

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Bids for equestrian World Championships sought by end of February

The world governing body of equestrian sport (FEI) has given a three-month timescale for bids to host the next world championships in 2022 and has said it will accept representations from venues interested in staging standalone events as well as those who would be prepared to host all seven equestrian disciplines at once.

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Irish eyes turn to FEI World Cup in Germany

After a two-week break, the FEI World Cup series resumes this weekend with both dressage and show jumping rounds taking place in Stuttgart in Germany.

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De Vos admits future of World Equestrian Games uncertain

We may have seen the last of the World Equestrian Games (WEG) as we know them after the most recent staging in North Carolina in September.

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Irish show jumpers gear up for Lyon

Six Irish show jumpers head to France this week for the five-star fixture at Lyon which includes a round of the FEI World Cup.

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Bertram Allen returns to World Cup action

Ireland’s Bertram Allen makes his first FEI World Cup appearance of the 2018/2019 season in what is the third round of the series in Verona, Italy this weekend.

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Irish show jumping team seek to revive fortunes in Barcelona

The show jumping team season comes to its conclusion this weekend when fifteen countries do battle in the annual FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona.

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Equestrian: New role for O’Connor in world show jumping

Irish show jumper Cian O’Connor has been elected to represent the world’s show jumpers on the Jumping Committee of the FEI, equestrian sport’s world governing body, it was announced this week.

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O'Connor clinches Ireland's place in world final

O'Connor's clear puts him as a leading contender for an individual medal in fifth place.

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Rodrigo Pessoa rallies the troops at World Equestrian Games

Another chapter in what has already been a memorable World Equestrian Games for Ireland will be written in North Carolina over the next few days when the show jumpers get their chance to shine.

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Irish eventing team in silver-medal position heading into show jumping decider

A flawless cross-country performance on Saturday has the Irish eventing team holding the silver-medal position going into today's show jumping decider at the world championships in Tryon, North Carolina.

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Mike Dunne: Ireland equestrian teams battling for medals in the eye of a storm

The opening ceremony for the World Equestrian Games (WEG) took place last night in Tryon, North Carolina and the first of thirteen days of action gets underway today. Endurance, Reining and Dressage are the disciplines kicking things off and Ireland is represented in all three.

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Shane Sweetnam gets timing just right with World Equestrian Games on the horizon

Just two weeks out from the start of show jumping at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in North Carolina, Irish team member Shane Sweetnam was in terrific form at the Hampton Classic show in New York at the weekend where he netted the features classes on Friday and Saturday before taking second in Sunday’s Grand Prix.

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MIKE DUNNE: Four into three won’t go in new Olympic format

The eventing nations cup hosted by Millstreet at the weekend gave us a glimpse — and a somewhat sobering one — of the future of equestrian sport at the Olympics. The Cork venue was staging the latest round of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup series which on this occasion was trialling the new Olympic format of three riders per team.

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Cian O’Connor: Cliquish culture not good for equestrian sport

Ireland’s Cian O’Connor says he hopes to promote a sense of harmony among the world’s show jumping riders if he succeeds in his bid to be elected as athlete-representative on the jumping committee of the FEI, the world governing body of equestrian sport.

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No place like home as Pessoa expects Irish to thrive at the RDS

There is no place like home when it comes to winning for Irish show jumpers so we can expect fireworks from the off as the Stena Line Dublin Horse Show gets underway today at the RDS, writes Mike Dunne

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Pessoa backs O’Connor decision to skip RDS Dublin Horse Show

Irish show jumping manager Rodrigo Pessoa said yesterday that he was fully supportive of Cian O’Connor’s decision not to jump at Dublin Horse Show next week in order to preserve his top horse Good Luck for September’s World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina.

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Olympian Jonty Evans regains consciousness

Jonty Evans has regained consciousness six weeks after a heavy fall.

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Equestrian: Big guns back in action for German showpiece

The annual German equestrian festival at Aachen takes centre stage this week with Ireland contesting the showjumping nations cup and dressage rider Judy Reynolds making a long-awaited return to action with her Olympic horse Vancouver K.

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