Ireland was to be represented by a dressage team at the Tokyo Olympics for the first time in history, but due to the retirement of Judy Reynolds’ Vancouver K (Jazz x Ferro), Kate Dwyer’s pregnancy and Anna Merveldt’s Esporim (Pagao x Quiaz) not being in top form, the Horse Sport Ireland board has decided not to send a team to Tokyo. This leaves three starting places available.
Of the other combinations that were considered for a team place, two did not meet the criteria. As a result, no team can be assembled. For this reason High Performance Director (HPD) Johann Hinnemann advised the board not to send a team to the Games. After careful consideration, the Horse Sport Ireland board formalised this decision. This has left three starting places vacant at the Games. A decision on the redistribution of individual places will be made later this week. Should an individual starting place be allocated to Ireland, Horse Sport Ireland intends to make use of it.
Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K during the 2019 European Championship Dressage
Photo by Hippo Foto