Cathal Daniels

  • Galway’s Cathal Daniels claims outstanding bronze medal at European Eventing Championships – Irish team finish sixth

    Twenty-two-year-old Cathal Daniels from Co Galway and the Irish Sport Horse mare Rioghan Rua (ISH) have produced a magnificent performance at the Longines FEI Eventing European Championships at Luhmühlen in Germany, to claim the individual bronze medal to add to the World Championship team silver medal they won last year.

    Daniels had been lying in 13th place after Friday’s Dressage after he scored an impressive 29.0.

    A fantastic clear Cross Country round on Saturday well inside the time, saw Daniels and the Margaret Kinsella-owned 12-year-old mare rise to sixth place heading into the final day and crucially were less than a fence off the medal places.

    Another perfect clear in the final Show Jumping phase saw Daniels put pressure on those above him.

    As fences began to fall, Daniels rose to third place at the finish to take home the second championship medal of his career.

    Speaking after the competition Cathal said:

    “It’s an amazing feeling! I’ve gone through Juniors, Young Riders and now Seniors with this mare.

    Unfortunately, the team didn’t get as strong a result as they wanted, but I was glad I was able to get a medal and keep spirits high and build again for next year on the road to Tokyo.”

  • Ireland’s 2019 European Championship bronze medallist Cathal Daniels continued his preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games, with a commanding win in the feature CCI4*-S at this weekend’s Portugal Winter Tour in Barroca d’Alva.

    The Portugal Winter Tour is a chance for some international athletes to achieve the qualification standard needed for the Tokyo Olympic Games, thankfully however Ireland has already qualified full teams for the Games in Eventing, Dressage and Show Jumping.

    Galway native Daniels led from start to finish in the CCI4*-S with the Sarah Hughes-owned gelding Barrichello, and they were the only combination to finish on their Dressage score (29.7), while Daniels also took sixth place with My Lucky Day on a score of 40.1.

    In the CCSI3*-S, Daniels also came close to victory and finished as runner-up with The Irish Sport Horse Shannondale Mari (ISH) on a score of 35.5, while Jennifer Kuehnle finished fourth with Polly Blue Eyes.

    The Portugal Winter Tour continues until December 6th, with two more weeks of International competitions on offer.