The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) yesterday listed Greg Broderick and MHS Going Global among the nominations for Ireland’s sole show jumping slot at the Olympics, but it is examining the horse’s eligibility amid speculation it may not comply with a rule on ownership.
Broderick and the gelding were the choice of Ireland show jumping manager Robert Splaine, but an FEI spokesperson told the Irish Examiner: “We are aware of a potential issue and are collecting the necessary information and will follow up accordingly.” In issuing the list of riders yesterday, the FEI said the onus was on the national federation, ie Horse Sport Ireland, to fulfil the criteria when nominating horses. The FEI pointed out that the entries list it published yesterday “is compiled based on information submitted by the national federations (NFs) on or before 20 June” adding that national federations “are responsible to ensure that horses which do not meet ownership requirements as laid down by FEI, are not entered for the equestrian events at the Olympic Games”.
Under FEI rules, the owner must be “of the same nationality” as the rider. According to the FEI website, MHS Going Global is owned by Caledonia Stables since 2012, with the Canadian-based entity referenced as being Irish.
Caledonia Stables is owned by Lee and Paul Kruger. Yesterday, the publication Horse Canada said said that in an interview Lee had “confirmed that she does not have an Irish-based company”. She said however “that according to her records Broderick owns 10% of all her horses, including MHS Going Global, but she was not certain whether that ownership was registered with the FEI”.
If an issue does arise with the horse, Cian O’Connor (Good Luck) or Bertram Allen (Molly Malone V) are listed as reserves, after Denis Lynch (All Star 5) was dropped from the list on Monday. Horse Sport Ireland, the national federation, has rubbished any suggestion that there is an issue with the ownership of MHS Going Global and it will be striving to ensure this is the case ahead of the July 18 deadline for the final Olympic entries to the FEI.
Last week, HSI spokersperson Elaine Hatton told the Irish Examiner that the horse “is Irish-owned since 2012 on the FEI database. There is no issue there at all”.
She added: “HSI’s selection criteria for the Olympic Games included a clause on eligibility and provides for an appeal to Just Sport Ireland. No appeals were submitted before or subsequent to the appeal deadline.
“If any party has evidence that any horses selected for the Olympic Games in dressage, eventing or show jumping are ineligible to compete, they are welcome to submit it to Horse Sport Ireland.
“However, as it stands, we are satisfied that all horses nominated in all three discipli nes are eligible to compete.”
Ireland has also qualified an eventing team....namely, Clare Abbott (Euro Prince), Jonty Evans (Cooley Rorkes Drift), Mark Kyle (Jemilla), and Padraig McCarthy (with either Simon Porloe or Bernadette Utopia), while Judy Reynolds will carry Irish colours in dressage.
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