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Shane Breen called up to Irish showjumping team for World Equestrian Games

Monday, 03 September 2018
FEI World Equestrian Games 2018

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. Shane Breen with Ipswich van de Wolfsakker. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

Shane Breen and Ipswich Van De Wolfsakker have been added to the Irish showjumping team for this month’s FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, USA.

The news comes from Horse Sport Ireland after Darragh Kenny’s horse Babalou 41, unfortunately has been ruled out of the Games after developing colic. The 13-year-old mare, owned by Jack Synder, underwent surgery on Friday and is reported to be doing well.

Irish team manager Rodrigo Pessoa has also confirmed that Michael Duffy and the 12-year-old stallion EFS Top Contender have been chosen as Ireland’s first reserve and will travel out to Tryon with the squad next week.

Pessoa said: “On Friday we learned of the problem with Darragh Kenny’s Babalou. This is very unfortunate as Darragh is a very solid team member. The mare has undergone surgery and is now back in rehab and we wish them all the best in their recovery. Shane Breen comes into the team with Ipswich. They have been in really good form this year, winning the five-star Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Monaco and were fourth very recently in a five-star Grand Prix at Valence in France. Shane is a very experienced rider and will be a valuable member of the team."

“We have chosen Michael Duffy as fifth man with EFS Top Contender. They were on the Nations Cup team in Gijon this weekend, jumping double clear with just a time fault and we feel Michael is a very valid fifth member of the squad. He will also be a key man on the ground which is very important for the stability of the group.”

Looking ahead to the start of competition, Pessoa is focused on the job at hand: “We are going to Tryon with the clear objective of punching our ticket to Tokyo and the Olympic team qualification which has eluded us for many years. Now that we are European Champions, why not dream big and aim for a medal as well. We are really looking forward to a tough competition but we believe we have a great chance.”

The Irish showjumping team, sponsored by Devenish and The Underwriting Exchange, for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games is:

Shane Breen with Ipswich Van De Wolfsakker 
Cian O’Connor with Good Luck 
Paul O’Shea with Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu
Shane Sweetnam with Chaqui Z 
First reserve: Michael Duffy with EFS Top Contender 


Press release from Horse Sport Ireland

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson

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