AIRC member among Irish Para-Equestrian Dressage Team to make 2019 debut in Doha

Broomfield member Kate Kerr-Horan will feature on the Irish Para-Dressage team which is competing at one of the most prestigious events on the equestrian calendar, the 2019 CHI Al Shaqab, this weekend.

CHI Al Shaqab 2019 will feature three Olympic equestrian disciplines – show jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage – over a period of three days.

Ireland will be represented in Para-Equestrian Dressage by the team of:

  • Kate Kerr-Horan with Serafina T – owned by Broomfield Farm
  • Rosemary Gaffney with Bink – owned by Susan Smallman and Crea English
  • Michael Murphy with Rohan – owned by Sue Murphy
  • Tamsin Addison with Fahrenheit – owned by Tamsin Addison

CHI Al Shaqab will be the Irish Para-Equestrian Dressage team’s first international event of 2019 and their first qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The Netherlands, Great Britain and Germany are the only teams qualified for Tokyo as they were the top three-ranked teams at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games respectively.

There are seven qualification places remaining and these places will be awarded to the seven highest-ranked teams on the FEI Paralympic Team Ranking List (not otherwise qualified and not including the host country) as of 31st January 2020. A team’s ranking is based on each team’s best team results from two qualifying events added together.

Over the course of the three-day competition at Al Shaqab, Team Ireland will complete an individual and team test and the scores of the three highest placed Irish athletes, determined by their percentage scores in the individual test and the team test combined, will be totalled to determine the team’s final placing.

The Irish Para-Equestrian Dressage Team will have their trot-up today (Wednesday) and will get their campaign officially underway on Thursday.

The Association of Irish Riding Clubs wishes the team the very best of luck.

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