HSI Medal Reception

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Author: Amelia Hegarty /Friday 29 November 2019/Categories: General News, Horse Sport Ireland

Horse Sport Ireland medal reception celebrates historic year for Irish Equestrian Sport


The stars of Irish Equestrian sport were honoured at the Horse Sport Ireland medal reception yesterday (Thursday), following an incredible year which saw history made as three Irish teams gained Olympic qualification, Irish Youth athletes once again claimed a host of European Championship medals, while Irish Sport Horses secured World Championship titles.

Held at Killashee House Hotel in Naas, Co Kildare, the Horse Sport Ireland medal reception saw a host of Ireland's top athletes, owners and breeders gather to celebrate a fantastic year for Irish equestrian sport. The event also marked the launch of a new rebranding of Horse Sport Ireland - the governing body for equestrian sport in Ireland.



Joe Reynolds, Chairman of Horse Sport Ireland, at the HSI Rebrand Launch and 2019 Medal Reception at Killashee House Hotel in Naas, Co Kildare. (Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile)


Guests were welcomed to the reception by Horse Sport Ireland Chairman Joe Reynolds, who congratulated all the athletes on their incredible results during the year. Speaking about Horse Sport Ireland's achievement of having three teams qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, Reynolds thanked Sport Ireland for their fantastic support without which Olympic qualification would not have been possible.



Ronan Murphy, CEO of Horse Sport Ireland, Judy Reynolds, Heike Holstein, Kate Dwyer, Anna Mervedlt, and Joe Reynolds, Chairman of Horse Sport Ireland, at the HSI Rebrand Launch and Medal Reception 2019 at Killashee House Hotel in Naas, Co Kildare. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Among the fantastic results during a record-breaking season, history was made at the FEI European Dressage Championships in Rotterdam during August, when the Irish team of Judy Reynolds, Kate Dwyer, Anna Merveldt and Heike Holstein, led by chef d'Equipe Milan Djordjevic,  claimed Olympic qualification for Tokyo 2020 which will be the first time ever that Ireland will have a full Dressage team at an Olympic Games.  All four members of the history-making Irish Dressage team were in attendance at the reception and along with all Irish medal winners from the season, were presented with special awards.



Sarah Ennis, Sam Watson, Joe Reynolds, Chairman of Horse Sport Ireland, Cathal Daniels, Ronan Murphy, CEO of Horse Sport Ireland, and Sally Corscadden, Team Manager, at the HSI Rebrand Launch and Medal Reception 2019 at Killashee House Hotel in Naas, Co Kildare. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

It was another outstanding year for Irish Eventing, with Cathal Daniels claiming the individual bronze medal at the Eventing European Championships at Luhmühlen in Germany with the Irish Sport Horse mare Rioghan Rua (ISH). Daniels was part of the Irish Eventing squad that included Sam Watson, Sarah Ennis, Padraig McCarthy and Patricia Ryan that secured World Championship team silver and Olympic qualification in 2018 managed by Sally Corscadden.