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Ulster riders handed their big chance on the European stage

 

Northern Region riders have been selected for several of theleading European equestrian events this summer in showjumping and horse trials.
Northern Region riders have been selected for several of theleading European equestrian events this summer in showjumping and horse trials.

By Ruth Loney

Northern Region riders have been selected for several of theleading European equestrian events this summer in showjumping and horse trials.

Banbridge pony rider John McEntee and Omagh's Niamh McEvoy are selected for the Irish Under-16 pony squad to compete at the European Championships in Strzegom, Poland next month.

McEntee will compete with Little Smithe while McEvoy has Ardfry Skye.

They are joined by Francis Derwin (Athlone) and brothers Max and Tom Wachman (Tipperary).

Team chief is Ballyclare's Gary Marshall, who has steered many pony teams to European wins.

Meanwhile Banbridge event rider Susie Berry, now based in England, has been named on the Ireland squad for the prestigious Eventing Nations Cup in Aachen, Germany.

The event takes place on July 19 and 20 beginning with dressage followed by showjumping on day one, and then cross country on day two.

Berry will compete with Stonedge, a horse owned by Belfast company Devenish Nutrition Ltd who are sponsors of the Irish International Equestrian squads for major championships.

Berry will be joined by Aoife Clarke, Ciaran Glynn and Joseph Murphy.

International dressage riders Katie Johnson, from Tandragee, and Abigail Lyle, of Belfast, will compete for Ireland at the Hartpury Championships later this week.

Belfast showjumper Sophie Dalm will continue to compete in Europe after a successful Grand Prix win at Bonheiden Show last week.

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