HORSE Sport Ireland announced the Irish Para Dressage team for the ECCO FEI World Championships that take place at Herning in Denmark from August 6th to 14th 2022.
Some 200, 000 visitors are expected to attend the ECCO FEI World Championships in Herning, when Denmark welcomes the absolute best riders and their horses. The Championships will host four disciplines, including Vaulting and three Olympic disciplines – Dressage, Jumping, and Para Dressage.
Dressage and Vaulting open the competitions on August 6th. The Dressage competitions will be held at Stutteri Ask Stadium, while Vaulting will be held inside the multi-arena Jyske Bank Boxen. From August 10th, the Jumping competitions will be held at Stutteri Ask Stadium, while Para Dressage will be showcased in the BB Horse Arena – an Arena with 3000 seats built especially for the occasion.
The Irish Para Dressage combinations that have been selected are as follows:
UK-based Tamsin Addison with Fahrenheit – owned by Tamsin Addison
Kilkenny’s Rosemary Gaffney with Chantal – owned by Mary Barry-Dennehy, Rosemary Gaffney & Sue Smallman
Wicklow’s Kate Kerr-Horan with Serafina T – owned by Broomfield Farm
UK-based Michael Murphy with Cleverboy – owned by Michael Murphy, Bronte Watson, Elder Klatzko, Sue Murphy & John Murphy
Michael Murphy with Dark Diamond
Horse Sport Ireland Para Dressage High Performance Director Debora Pipers said:
“I am excited to go to the World Championships with these four motivated combinations. It has been a good experience for all the riders to be able to compete internationally again. I can see that gaining experience in competing against the top of their fields improves and inspires the riders. It is also promising to see that on a broader range, new talented Irish Para Dressage combinations are showing their potential for the future. I’m grateful for the support of HSI and Sport Ireland and together we aim to keep building on a strong programme structure that will provide a solid basis for performances for now and in the future.”