- Ireland Pushes Into European Medal Contention
the tragic death of one of its horses, the Irish Eventing team pushed
itself into fourth position after the cross-country stage of the
European Eventing Championships at Punchestown today (Saturday).
O'Connor's horse, <Horseware Fabio> died after stumbling at
Fence No. 15, hitting its head on the second step of the fence.
The rider sustained no serious injuries.
Austin's three team-mates - Susan Shortt, Trish Donegan and Sherelle
Duke - produced such good performances that Ireland improved on
its overnight 7th position to end the day in fourth.
from a European Championship medal, Ireland must end the weekend
in a position that will secure qualification for the 2004 Athens
Olympics in 2004. With Britain and France previously qualified,
this means in practice that Ireland must be one of the three teams
in the top five at Punchestown, Britain and France currently holding
the top two European Championship places.
the show jumping phase to come tomorrow (Sunday), the depleted Irish
team has to incur minimum penalties to remain in its present favourable
rider Sasha Harrison, lying eighth overnight on <All Love Du
Fenaud>, had an unfortunate refusal at the IFG Water jump, and
with an accumulated total of 71 penalties, is now effectively out
of individual medal contention.
EVENTING RESULTS: CHEUC (CCIO***) (European Eventing Championships)
PUNCHESTOWN IRELAND 18-21 SEPTEMBER 2003
RESULTS AFTER CROSS-COUNTRY PHASE
Saturday, September 20, 2003
GT. BRITAIN 135.60 Penalties
2) FRANCE 152.20 Penalties
3) BELGIUM 176.00 Penalties
4) IRELAND 235.40 Penalties
Susan Shortt: Just Beauty Queen 63.40
Patricia Donegan: Don't Step Back 83.40
Sherelle Duke: LA Temple Bar 88.60
Austin O'Connor: Horseware Fabio EL
5) GERMANY 312.20 Penalties
6) AUSTRIA 359.00 Penalties
7) ITALY 1135.20 Penalties
8) SWEDEN 1191.00 Penalties