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Show Jumping - Ireland Gear Up For Vital Battle At Hickstead

LAGGING just half a point behind the leaders France, Ireland will compete at the Samsung Super League competition in Hickstead, England, tomorrow (Friday) at 2.15 pm.

A win for Ireland here would take them to the top of the league table, which features the best eight show jumping teams in the world. A bad performance, however, could result in a drop of several places, from which they may find it hard to recover.

Four Irish riders will compete from a panel of five. The riders are:
Peter Charles
Kevin Babington
Cian O'Connor
Billy Twomey
Clem McMahon

Ireland won the British Nations Cup at Hickstead in 2000 and 2001, and were just a tantalising 1.24 seconds behind winners Germany last year.

Following Hickstead, the next Samsung Super League clash will be at the Dublin Horse Show on August 8.


1. France - 31 points
2. Ireland - 30.5 points
3. Germany - 18.5 points
4. Great Britain- 16 points
5. Belgium - 13 points
6. Sweden - 7.5 points
7. Italy - 7 points
8. Holland - 6.5 points


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