Saturday, 27 October 2012

Co Cork’s Gavin SMIDDY (Mr Hale Bob) member of Equestrian Ireland’s pony eventing team that won the gold medal at the European Championships at Fontainebleau.

Irish pony riders take Europe by storm with two gold medals

Pony eventers take two gold medals

 Ireland’s pony eventing team won the gold medal at the European Championships at Fontainebleau yesterday, with Cathal Daniels (Master Murrose) claiming the individual gold.
In addition to the Galway rider, the team comprised Co Tipperary’s Ana O’Brien, who took individual bronze with (Ice Cool Bailey), Co Wexford’s Lucy Latta (Nono) and Co Cork’s Gavin SMIDDY (Mr Hale Bob).

The team led from the dressage phase to finish ahead of Great Britain and The Netherlands.
Speaking immediately after yesterday’s triumph, Horse Sport Ireland’s pony eventing high performance manager Sue Shortt said: “I knew in the last few weeks that we had the best team Ireland had ever fielded at the European Championships and their performance was fantastic. I’m delighted for the kids, they deserved everything they won today. This is the first time an Irish team has ever led the field after dressage and we owe that to our dressage coach Sue Smallman.”


The Irish Times - Monday, July 23, 2012 

Irish pony riders take Europe by storm with two gold medals

Equestrian stars ride off with a raft of events, including the Hickstead Nations' Cup and European Pony Championships
Ireland's young guns proved they are the best in Europe by sweeping to victory at the European Pony Championships in eventing two weeks ago.
The under-16 team of Cathal Daniels, riding Master Murrose; Ana O'Brien, on Ice Cool Bailey; Lucy Latta, on Nono, and Gavin SMIDDY, riding Mr Hale Bob, took Ireland's first ever team gold in Fontainebleau, France, after an assured performance in all three phases of the competition.
Co Galway rider Cathal Daniels put the icing on the cake by taking the individual gold medal, while Tipperary's Ana O'Brien claimed the individual bronze medal.
Beaten at the last European championships by just one tenth of a point, the Irish team took command of proceedings from day one of the championships and became the first ever Irish European pony team to emerge in the lead after two days of dressage.

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