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.