Team Canada and Team Ireland announced for FEI Nations Cup in Wellington…


Eric Lamaze and Tiffany Foster, joined by father-son duo Jonathon and Ian Millar, will defend Canada’s title in the CSIO4* Nations’ Cup in Wellington, FL, this week. Canada has the luck of the draw, going last in the order!

Robert Splaine has named the four riders who will represent Ireland in the four-star Wellington, West Palm Beach Nations’ Cup in Florida on Friday night.

The six are:

  • Kevin Babington with Shorapur
  • Daragh Kenny with Imothep
  • Cian O’Connor with Quidam’s Cherie
  • Shane Sweetnam with Chaqui Z

“Ireland is part of the 2015 top league/Furusiyya league and Lummen (29th April-3 May), La Baule (14-17 May) and St Gallen (4-7 June) fall in quick succession and pose a real logistical challenge early in the season” said Splaine. “We have many riders in the USA now and an extra Nations’ Cup added to the schedule in Florida in February is welcome, as it presents an opportunity to view some extra combinations in the USA in team situations.

“As a result changes to the Ocala squad can be expected.

“Top league/Furusiyya league team jumping is the best preparation for our main goal, which is the European championships at Aachen in August. Having missed out by the narrowest of margins at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) at Normandy last year, the European championships represent the last chances for Ireland to qualify as a team for the Olympic Games in Rio 2016.”

Source: Starting Gate Communcations/Horse Sport Ireland