Eight Olympic medalists for Ireland's top horse trials

May 27, 2009

No fewer than eight Olympic medallists - who between them have won 18 Olympic medals - will compete at Tattersalls International three day event in Meath at the weekend.

Horse Sport Ireland Chairman Joe Walsh said he believed that this was a historic achievement in any sport and that never before had so many Olympic medal winners competed in Ireland at the same sporting event.

World Champion Zara Phillips is among a star-studded line-up of eventers at Tattersalls in Ireland this weekend.
"It is extraordinary that an event in Ireland has reached a level where as many as eight Olympic medallists, who between them have won 18 olympic medals, would come to compete. Tattersalls deserve huge credit for drawing such a list of competitors," he said.

The event incorporates the HSBC Eventing World Cup qualifier, which has drawn an outstanding international field.

In addition to the eight medallists the current World Champion Zara Phillips will also be competing, as well as recent Badminton winner Oliver Townend.

New Zealand's Mark Todd has Land Vision and his Olympic horse, Gandalf, in the World Cup qualifier. Caroline Powell has Apapa and Mac Macdonald. In the two-star class Andrew Nicholson starts Calico Joe and Tristar II, and Todd will ride Grass Valley. Nicholson also starts Quimbo in the one-star.

Tattersalls International Horse Trials will run from Thursday to Sunday with the main crowd-puller, the cross country day, taking place on Saturday and the climactic show jumping phase on Sunday.

In conclusion, HSI Chairman Joe Walsh said that he hoped the crowds would flock to Tattersall's to see these superstars in action.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for those who are interested in horses to come and see these superstars in action, and for those with a passing interest to experience an outstanding sporting event," he said.