Nick Turner Ireland’s new eventing manager

Nick Turner
Nick Turner

Brazil’s former team eventing coach and manager Nick Turner has been appointed the new High Performance Manager for eventing in Ireland.

The role was previously held by Olympic eventer Ginny Elliott, who applied for the role again but later withdrew from the process.

Turner is a Fellow of the British Horse Society (FBHS) and was an accomplished eventer who completed in 13 four-star events including Badminton, Burghley, Bramham and Blenheim, until his retirement in 2008. In recent times he has been a member of the British Senior International Selection Committee and he was the Team Manager and Coach of the Brazilian National Eventing Team from 2009.

He has acted as Chef d’Equipe for the Brazilian team at the 2010 World Equestrian Games and the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Previously, Turner was a professional show jumper and a part-time lecturer in equine studies. He is qualified in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), a technique used in sports psychology.

Nick Turner during his eventing career.
Nick Turner during his eventing career.

He was the first winner of the Young Riders Show Jumping Championships at Olympia and continued jumping to international level until he started eventing in the early 1990s.

“I am delighted to be appointed to this important position. I am looking forward to working with the riders to build on their performances to date and on the work done over the past four years,” he said.

Horse Sport Ireland Chairman Joe Walsh said that he was delighted to announce the appointment.

“There were many excellent candidates for this role. Nick’s experience and his plans for the Irish eventing team really made a big impression on the panel and I have no doubt but that he will do an excellent job,” he said.

Eventing Ireland Chairperson Georgia Stubington also welcomed the appointment. “Nick has a wealth of experience in eventing at all levels. Since he gave up riding he has worked hard to develop his coaching and management skills and I am sure that he will put these to good use in his new role,” she said.

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