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Irish Teams Set Out Once More On Nations Cup Trail

ALREADY European Champions, Ireland's top show jumpers continue their battle to win the prized Samsung Nations Cup League in competition at Poznan in
Poland this weekend (June 6-9).

Currently lying Eighth in the Nations Cup Rankings, Irish teams will be hoping to improve their position over the next three months. In the 1999/2000 Season, Irish teams won the Samsung Nations Cup League against 31 other countries. In the 2000/2001 Season, Ireland finished Second to Germany, with 34 other countries competing.

However, two Irish riders, Kevin Babington and Cian O'Connor, currently lie equal Second in the Samsung Nations Cup Leading Rider rankings, while Ireland holds the two top places in the Leading Horse rankings (Carling King and Waterford Crystal).

Poznan kicks off a run of Nations Cup competitions in which Ireland will be hoping to claw its way back to the top. These include LINZ, Austria (June 13-16), AACHEN, Germany (June 25-30), FALSTERBO, Sweden (July 11-14), LUMMEN, Belgium (July 11-14), HICKSTEAD, England (July 24-28), and DUBLIN (August 7-11).

Ireland has already won Nations Cup competitions in Washington, USA and Toronto, Canada, in the current 2001/2002 season.


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