Michael Duffy

  • Galway's Michael Duffy and 12-year old stallion EFS Top Contender have been chosen as Ireland's first reserve for the Irish Show Jumping team taking part in the World Equestrian Games.

    The Galway showjumper will fly out to North Carolina with the squad next week.

    Michael was also part of the Nations Cup team in Gijon, Spain at the weekend.

    The FEI Wold Equestrian Games start next Tuesday 11th September, and are expected to attract 500,000 spectators over two weeks of competitions, with 1,000 athletes and 1,500 horses competing from over 70 countries.


  • Knockmore Showjumper Michael Duffy has been selected as part of the Irish Show Jumping squad for this weekend’s Longines FEI Nations Cup World Final in Barcelona.

    Also named on the team are Shane Breen from Tipperary, Waterford’s Anthony Condon, Offaly’s Darragh Kenny and Billy Twomey from Cork.

    The competition, which carries a total prize fund of €1.7 million, begins on Friday, following which the top eight teams will qualify for the final on Sunday.

    The remaining seven teams will compete in Saturday’s Challenge Cup Final.

  • Mayo’s Alex Duffy claimed victory in the show jumping Grand Prix with the Nicola Fitzgibbon and Niall Talbot-owned gelding FTS Elliot finishing the weekend in style at the three-star Swiss show in Verbier.

    They produced the only double clear of the competition and came out on top after a nine-horse jump-off.

    On Saturday at the same venue, Duffy took victory in the six-bar with Gerd KG, clearing 1m95 in the final round.

    Meanwhile at Valence in France, Galway’s Michael Duffy took runner-up spot in the three-star Grand Prix with Egalini.

  • Irish Show Jumping team manager Michael Blake has named his squad for the three-star FEI Nations Cup which takes place at Vilamoura in Portugal this Tuesday November 17th.

    A large group of Irish and international riders have been based at the Portuguese venue for the past number of weeks, with up to six outdoor arenas in operation. Weather conditions in Vilamoura remain extremely pleasant even into mid November with temperatures for the week ahead expected to reach up to 23 degrees celsius.

    Up to 13 teams will line out in the Vilamoura Nations Cup, with the Irish squad, sponsored by Devenish and The Underwriting Exchange, named as follows:

    Tipperary’s Shane Breen with Z7 Ipswich – owned by Z7 Horses & Shane Breen

    Galway’s Michael Duffy with Zilton SL Z – owned by HMF Equestrian & Michael Duffy

    Sligo’s Richard Howley with Arlo De Blondel – owned by Sarah Borthwick, HK Horses & Richard Howley

    Kildare’s Mikey Pender with HHS Burnchurch (ISH) – owned by Miguel Maria Bravo

    Derry’s David Simpson with Foudre F – owned by Breen Equestrian & Quirke Sport Horses


    The Portuguese Nations Cup starts on Tuesday at 1.30pm Irish time.