Sunday, August 10, 2008

Eventing: Still Hope


Coach Ginny Elliott was still optimistic this morning (Sunday) about Ireland's hopes after the dressage phase of the Three Day Event in Hong Kong left the team in tenth place of eleven teams competing.

"Remember we are just 60 penalties behind the leaders. Sixty penalties is equivalent to one fall or three refusals. Anything can happen at this stage of the event, and I would rather we fought back from this position, which we are capable of doing, rather than fall from a higher one. There's a lot of work to do tomorrow on the cross-country course, but I'm still very positive," she said.

Elliott also remarked on the effect large video and score screens had on two of the Irish horses during dressage. She explained: "About one horse in every team was affected by this. The score screens and video screens are usually much, much higher, but here they were almost at eye level, and they had a disturbing effect on Geoff Curran's horse 'KIlkeshen' and also on Trish Ryan's 'Fernhill Clover Mist' during their tests. Horses are unpredictable animals, and you cannot anticipate something like this. Geoff and Trish were heading for much lower penalty scores in their tests when their horses reacted badly to the screens."

Niall Griffin, last to go of the five-strong team, turned in Ireland's best dressage score early this morning with a total of 50.60.

Australia currently holds the lead in Olympic Three Day Eventing with a penalty score of 102.60, while Ireland's tally is 160.80.

The cross-country element of the event starts tomorrow (Monday) with Austin O'Connor the first of the Irish out on the course.

EVENTING RESULTS: 2008 OLYMPICS HONG KONG

Interim Team Eventing Results
AM Sunday August 9, 2008
Dressage Second Day

1) AUSTRALIA 102.80
2) GERMANY 110.50
3) USA 115.60

10) IRELAND 160.80
Austin O'CONNOR; HOBBY DU MEE 52.80
Capt. Geoff CURRAN; KILKISHEN 61.70 (Discard)
Louise LYONS; WATERSHIP DOWN 57.40
Patricia RYAN; FERNHILL CLOVER MIST 78.70 (Discard)
Niall GRIFFIN; LORGAINE 50.60

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