The Ireland team for the Aga Khan trophy at the Dublin Horseshow has been announced.
Mark McAuley, along with Cameron Hanley, Paul O'Shea and Billy Twomey make up the four-man squad ahead of the Stena Line Horse Show which gets underway next Wednesday.
Ireland have already booked their place at October’s Nations Cup World Final in Barcelona following a brilliant win in the penultimate round of the Longines FEI Nations Cup series at Hickstead in England last weekend, and they will be eager to achieve another good result in front of their home fans at the RDS on Friday.
Victory there would mark Ireland's first time to lift the Aga Khan trophy since 2015 as well as put them top of the 2018 Europe Division 1 Nations Cup league table.
Irish Show Jumping team manager Rodrigo Pessoa will name his reserve rider next week and speaking ahead of the Aga Khan, he said:
"We have come off a very successful triple header [Falsterbo, Aachen and Hickstead]. We have had a week off and like always we are looking forward to coming to Dublin and hopefully this team can go all the way. There will of course be a lot of expectation for the Aga Khan but this is a very experienced team of riders that will give it everything," he said.
RTÉ will be showing live coverage of the Nations Cup for the Aga Khan trophy.
Mark McAuley with Utchan De Belheme
Cameron Hanley with Quirex
Paul O’Shea with Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu
Billy Twomey with Kimba Flamenco