Irish Team declared “fit to compete” at World Para Driving Championships.
29/08/18: Kronenberg, NL
Two Irish, a Cockney and a Dutchman walk into a bar… but this is no joke, we’re talking about the Irish Team competing at the World Para Driving Championships in Kronenberg (NL) this weekend.
Dublin-based driver Emma Golding (36), along with her Irish Sports Pony Barnlough Lilly (18), and groom Jasmine Doyle (20) are flying the tricolour for Ireland as the smallest (but arguably most determined) team here at Kronenberg 2018. They are accompanied by an adopted-international support-crew of:
Ground groom: Gerard de Lange (NL)
Logistics manager: Alfie Budd (GBR)
Alongside team management:
Chef d’equipe: Sara Mullins (IRE)
Team trainer: Wilf Bowman-Ripley (GBR)
Emma would like to thank all of her sponsors and supporters, without whom she would not be able to represent her country – in particular:
Irish Ferries – Logistics support
Horse Sport Ireland – Entries and subsidised training
Horseware Ireland – Rugs and tack for Lilly.
Equiline – Team clothing
University College Dublin – Support with time for time for training and competition away from Emma’s day job as Section Administrator for Equine Clinical Studies, Diagnostic Imaging and Anaesthesia at the UCD Vet School.
Already the world championships has proved to be a extraordinary event, with last night’s opening ceremony being held at Toverland, a local theme-park where each of the teams were paraded past the crowds of supporters on an accessible logflume-style water-ride.
Following the trot-up this morning, pony Lilly has been passed as “fit to compete” and the team are now preparing for Emma to drive her dressage at 1610hrs local time.
We wish Emma, Lilly and Jasmine the best of luck for the upcoming days of competition, and will be sharing all the latest updates via our Facebook page:
HSI Carriage Driving Section