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Ireland Will Not Send Show Jumping Team To Nations Cup Final

Ireland will not be sending a show jumping team to the Finals of the Samsung Nations Cup at Donaueschingen, Germany, on 22-25 August.

Because of the proximity of the World Equestrian Games (September 17-22), it has been decided instead to send teams to the Nations Cup shows at Gijon, Spain (August 24-September 1), Rotterdam, Netherlands (August 29 - September 1), and Calgary, Canada (September 4-8).

EFI Secretary-General, Ned Campion, said today: < Our primary objective is not the Samsung Nations Cup Final, but the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, beginning on September 17. This is the vital show for Ireland, as it is so essential to qualification of riders and horses for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

<We are also concerned at accumulating as many Nations Cup points as possible, with a view to qualifying for the Nations Cup Superleague next season, so that is why in the month ahead we will be sending teams to four-star Nations Cup competitions. As a nation we must achieve the best possible profile in this area.>


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