Ireland secure dressage spot for Rio Olympics

The spot was allocated as a result of Judy Reynolds' Olympic ranking

BY Cian Roche 15:18 Thursday 10 March 2016, 15:18 10 Mar 2016

Image: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Ireland have been awarded an individual dressage spot ahead of this year's Olympics in Rio.

The allocation means there will be at least six Irish Equestrian athletes at this summer's Games. The place was confirmed this morning by the international equestrian governing body, the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI).

“Judy is raising the profile of dressage in Ireland and her qualification for Rio is fantastic  and should get more young people participating in the sport in Ireland which will pay dividends for the entire sports horse industry” said said Horse Sport Ireland Chairman, Prof. Patrick Wall.

“Today’s news means that Team Ireland Equestrian will have at least 6 athletes competing at the Rio Olympics Games. With the such fantastic talent available to us it should be an event to look forward to."

Ireland was allocated the place as a result of Judy Reynolds' Olympic ranking but it will be up to the Association who to nominate for the spot.

The news comes after Bertram Allen yesterday secured a an individual show jumping spot.



Jared Payne returns to the Ireland side for Italy clash

13:45 Thursday 10 March 2016 0 Minute Read

Edwin van der Sar to step out of retirement for one match

09:55 Thursday 10 March 2016 0 Minute Read

Bertram Allen secures show jumping spot in this year's Olympic Games

15:38 Wednesday 9 March 2016 0 Minute Read

Serena Williams describes Sharapova as "courageous" as she shares shock at drug test admission

16:38 Tuesday 8 March 2016 0 Minute Read
Off The Ball


The very best bits of Off The Ball delivered every week