The FEI European Show Jumping Championships begin at Aachen in Germany tomorrow (Wednesday), with no less than three Connolly’s RED MILLS Ambassadors named on the Irish squad by team manager Robert Splaine.
The RED MILLS double of Bertram Allen and Darragh Kenny, will be hoping to not only bid for European medals, but also help Ireland claim one of the three team places on offer for next year’s Olympic games in Rio.
The championships kick off at 1.30pm on Wednesday with the first individual qualifier. Thursday will see the opening team competition with the team medals and Olympic qualification places decided on Friday, while the new individual European champion will be crowned on Sunday.
It was announced last week that TG4 will show live TV coverage of the team and individual European finals from Germany.
Coverage of the team final on Friday will run from 4.25pm until 6.40pm. The individual finals will be shown on Sunday from 4.25pm to 5.25pm.
Ronan O’Coisdealbha from TG4 commented: “TG4 is delighted to bring this event to an Irish audience. Show jumping has a strong following in Ireland and with our riders doing outstandingly well on the international stage, capped by last week’s Aga Khan win, excitement is building for these championships,” he said.
Horse Sport Ireland CEO Damian McDonald added: “There was a very good response to the highlights of the final leg of Jumping in the City when it was shown on TG4. Our riders are major players on the world stage and TG4’s coverage will give Irish viewers a further opportunity to follow them on terrestrial television.” he said.
The broadcast will be produced by Dian George of SportsVision and will be presented from Aachen by Brendan McArdle. The commentary team is headed by James Griffin with expert analysis provided by former Olympic competitor Jack Doyle.