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Denis Lynch quits Irish showjumping team

Friday, 14 January 2011

Denis Lynch quits the Irish team. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson. Denis Lynch has quit the Irish showjumping team, due to irreconcilable differences with Ireland manager Robert Splaine.  Lynch is now considering riding for Germany – where he has lived for the past 16 years.


To the Irish Examiner Lynch says: "I cannot give the same consideration to the team as I have previously. The team must come first, not me, an individual, and if I cannot give the same commitment, there is no point in continuing. I have spoken with Horse Sport Ireland and I don’t think we can achieve anything at the moment. The relationship between myself and Robert has broken down, but manager/athlete situations like these occur in all sports. I have to recognize our relationship is poor and this could definitely affect the team in the future. So I have to question my involvement."

 Lynch has been one of the most reliable riders for Ireland, and has access to plenty of top grand prix horses – making him a very important part of the Irish team. To the Irish Examiner Lynch said he felt particular disappointment following last year’s World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, where he and the Irish team were tipped for a medal, but failed even to achieve qualification for the London Olympics.


"I was really disappointed with my own personal performance, but also I was disappointed with us as a team. I think a lot more could have been achieved and I put our failure down to poor tactics. It was great to win the nations cup in Aachen and as a team we had a reasonable year, but in my opinion, we failed in our one major goal: to qualify for the Olympics," Lynch continues to the newspaper.

Lynch’s separation from the Irish team comes only days after the decision of Horse Sport Ireland to continue their collaboration with team manager Robert Splaine, who will remain in charge of the team for a further two years up to the 2012 Olympic Games. "It is not my policy to discuss team matters in the media," was Splaine’s comment to the Irish Examiner.

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