(10 May 2012) CORK’s Shane Sweetnam will lead out the Irish team at the French Superleague Nations’ Cup in La Baule today (Friday), where Ireland has this evening been drawn second to jump of the world’s top eight teams.
Robert Splaine, Team Ireland Equestrian’s show jumping manager, has selected his team to compete in the following order:
Shane Sweetnam/Amaretto d’Arco (Darco x Tenor Manciais)
Jessica Kurten/Vincente (Oklund x Ufarno)
Cian O’Connor/Blue Loyd (Landor S x Hadja x)
Denis Lynch/Lantinus (Landkoenig x Argentinus)
Ireland won at La Baule in 2011 after being drawn sixth to jump, with Sweetnam and Amaretto d’Aarco also opening the scoring for Ireland.
The French western seaside venue is the first of the top eight venues where the 2012 Nations’ Cup Superleague will be decided, and the remaining seven competitions will take place at Rome (ITA), St Gallen (SUI), Rotterdam (NED), Falsterbo (SWE), Aachen (GER), Hickstead (GBR) and Dublin (IRL), where the series concludes on August 17 with the Aga Khan Trophy competition.
The La Baule Nations’ Cup begins on Friday shortly after 1pm Irish time.
A livestream of the Nations’ Cup will be available from 1pm at www.feitv.org
A coursewalk of the Nations’ Cup course is now available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4piW2SZKHc&feature=youtu.be