The Irish eventing team claimed silver to become the first ever Irish team to win a medal at a World Equestrian Games and in the process secure qualification for the 2020 Toyko Olympics.

Padraig McCarthy also won individual silver with Mr Chunky in a brilliant day for the Irish at Mill Spring, North Carolina. Great Britain took gold and France had to settle for third.

"It's absolutely is huge, we are making history here today," said team manager Sally Corscadden.

"I had belief in these guys that we could be competitive and that was our goal the whole time, to be competitive and we just stuck to that goal and this is where it got us.

"I think we pushed those Brits too and made them a little nervous! There was nothing lucky about this. This was made to happen by the whole set-up and the team behind them. I just can't tell you how many people have worked to make this happen."

Ireland had been in seventh place after Friday's Dressage, but rose to second place after a phenomenal Cross Country performance on Saturday when all Irish team riders jumped clear.

One of the most closely-fought competitions in the history of the Games went right down to the wire in the final Show Jumping phase.

Competing as an individual, Cork's Patricia Ryan was the first Irish rider to jump and went clear with Dunrath Eclipse (ISH) to finish in 61st overall.

Cathal Daniels, the youngest competitor in the competition at just 22, finished with just one fence down with Rioghan Rua (ISH) and finished 26th individually on 41.6.

Ireland's second team rider Sam Watson, was under real pressure entering the arena after watching Japan and France produce clear rounds.

The Carlow rider kept his cool and guided Horseware Ardagh Highlight to a perfect clear. It saw Watson rise up to 14th individually to finish on his Dressage score of 35.5.

McCarthy started the day in seventh place, however a clear round with Mr Chunky not only guaranteed Ireland a medal, but also gave him a chance of a podium finish.

Sarah Ennis had one fence down with Horseware Stellor Rebound, but kept it at that score to ensure Ireland would take a memorable team silver.

It left Ennis in a hugely impressive fifth place individually at the finish on a score of 30.3.The battle for individual medals was not decided until the very last horse jumped the very last fence.

Germany's Ingrid Klimke looked set to be crowned world champion when approaching the last fence clear with SAP Hale Bob, but the pole fell to the floor dropping her down to bronze on 27.3, and giving Ireland's McCarthy the individual silver on 27.2.

Britain's Ros Canter won it after her clear round aboard Allstar B saw them finish on 24.6.

For Ireland, the double silver success delivered our first major championship eventing medals for more than 20 years.