Minister Michael Ring this evening congratulated the Irish equestrian team following their win of the Aga Khan trophy at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show. Ireland last won the Aga Khan trophy in 2004.
The Irish team today included Olympic medal winner, Cian O'Connor, Darragh Kerins, Richie Moloney and Clem McMahon who beat off strong challenges from France and Britain to win the trophy. This year is the 139th year of the Dublin Horse Show which saw up to €1m in prize money on offer.
Speaking this evening, Minister Ring said: The Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show is an institution, and a celebration of Ireland's affinity with the horse. It is a showcase of equestrianism in Ireland, from the best show horses to the best international show jumpers. It is one of our largest events, and a real highlight of each summer. Every year, the show welcomes tens of thousands of people from Ireland and all over the world. Eight nations took part in the competition and this competition also doubled as the last round in the 2012 FEI Nations’ Cup Superleague.
The Minister concluded: "I would like to warmly congratulate the wonderful Irish equestrian team on their win today, which comes shortly after Cian O'Connor's success at the London Olympics. Today's final was thrilling and the good news is, there are two more packed days of competitions and events in store along with superb entertainment for all the family."
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Press Office. Caroline Ryan (086) 8915570.
Notes for Editors:
The present Aga Khan trophy is the sixth in the series. In 2003 The Nations Cup for the Aga Khan trophy joined the Samsung Super League. With wins in 2002 and 2003 France were in contention to win the Aga Khan Trophy in 2004.
Ireland won the 2004 Aga Khan Trophy. This spoiled France’s chances of making it a 3rd consecutive win and taking home the coveted trophy.
Great Britain won the Aga Khan Trophy in 2005 and 2008. Germany won the Aga Khan Trophy in 2006 and 2007. Italy won in 2009.