Ireland, US and Canada name World Equestrian Games eventing squads

Aoife Clark and Fenya's Elegance on the cross-country.
Aoife Clark and Fenya’s Elegance. © Nigel Goddard / KSDigital Photography

Ireland, the USA and Canada have all announced their eventing squads for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in recent days.

Ireland’s Eventing High Performance Team Manager Nick Turner said he was delighted to have such a strong squad to select from. “The six riders have a wealth of experience riding horses that have good 4 star experience or very impressive wins recently at 3 star level.

“We look forward to the World Equestrian Games with the main objective of securing Olympic qualification, yet a medal is always in our sights. I would especially like to thank all of the owners who have made their horses available for selection to represent Team Ireland Equestrian at the Championships.”

The Irish squad comprises Clare Abbott and Euro Prince (ISH); Aoife Clark and Fenyas Elegance (ISH) (or Vaguely North [NZ TB/”Cuzzy Bro”] as a direct reserve horse); Sarah Ennis and Stellor Rebound (ISH); Joseph Murphy and Electric Cruise (ISH); Austin O’Connor and Ringwood Mississippi (ISH); and Sam Watson with Horseware Bushman (ISH).

Reserves are Joseph Murphy with Sportsfield Othello (ISH); Jim Newsam and Magennis (ISH); Michael Ryan and Ballylynch Adventure (ISH); and Camilla Spiers with Portersize Just A Jiff (ISH).

Sinead Halpin and Manoir de Carneville.
Sinead Halpin and Manoir de Carneville. © Mike Bain

US eventing selectors have also named a squad of six combinations, with a further eight combinations named as alternates.

Two preparation events are scheduled, July 26-27 at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia, for the US based combinations, and Wilton near Salisbury in Britain the same weekend for those based in Europe.

The team of six comprises Buck Davidson (Ocala, Fla.) and Ballynoe Castle RM (2000 Irish Thoroughbred gelding); Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and Trading Aces (2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding); Sinead Halpin (Oldwick, NJ) and Manoir de Carneville (2000 Selle Francais gelding); Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) and Shamwari 4 (2002 Hanoverian gelding); Kim Severson (Charlottesville, Va.) and Fernhill Fearless (2000 Irish Sport Horse gelding); and Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) and Donner (2003 Thoroughbred gelding).

The alternates are Hannah Sue Burnett (The Plains, Va.) and Harbour Pilot (2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding); Jan Byyny (Purcellville, VA) and Inmidair (1999 New Zealand Thoroughbred gelding); Buck Davidson and Park Trader (2002 Irish Thoroughbred gelding); Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice (2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding); Lauren Kieffer (Middleburg, Va.) and Veronica (2002 Dutch Warmblood mare); Marilyn Little (Frederick, MD) and RF Demeter (2002 Oldenburg mare); Boyd Martin and Trading Aces (2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding); and Meghan O’Donoghue (Carbondale, IL) and Pirate (2002 Thoroughbred gelding).

Hawley Bennett-Awad and Gin & Juice
Hawley Bennett-Awad and Gin & Juice. © Cealy Tetley

Canada has named a team of four horses and riders, and three non-travelling reserve combinations. The team trains under the leadership of  International Technical Advisor Clayton Fredericks, and chef d’équipe is Graeme Thom.

Those named to the team are Hawley Bennett-Awad (Langley, BC) with Gin & Juice (2000 American Thoroughbred); Selena O’Hanlon (Kingston, ON) with Foxwood High (2003 Canadian Sport Horse gelding); Jessica Phoenix (Cannington, ON) and A Little Romance (2005 Canadian TB /Trakehner mare); and Kathryn Robinson (Kettering, GBR) with Let it Bee (2001 German bred, gelding).

The non-travelling alternates are: Peter Barry (Dunham, QC) with Kilrodan Abbott (1999 Irish Sport Horse gelding); Selena O’Hanlon with Bellaney Rock (1999 Irish Sport Horse gelding); and Jessica Phoenix with Pavarotti (2002 Westphalian gelding).

Australia’s WEG squad is to be named before July 23.

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