Sam Watson, Sally Corscadden (team manager) Cathal Daniels, Sarah Ennis, Padraig McCarthy and Patricia Ryan pictured at the Irish Eventing team final training before the 2018 World Equestrian Games (Photo: Paul Harding/Sportsfile)
Ryan will travel to Tryon with the 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Dunrath Eclipse, and along with being Ireland's first reserve for the team competition, they will compete as individuals.
Speaking at the squad final training day before departure for Tryon, Irish Eventing team manager Sally Corscadden said:
"Sadly for Aoife Clark, she has been ruled out through injury. This is most unfortunate for Aoife after producing a very good preparation run with her World Equestrian Games horse, Fernhill Adventure, when finishing sixth in the CIC3* in Hartpury. Tim Bourke was named first reserve but his horse has picked up a viral infection, so is also out of contention. The second reserve Patricia Ryan and Dunrath Eclipse will now travel as an individual and Patricia joined the team for final training in the UK before departure for Tryon. Patricia had a very good individual result at Luhmulhen CCI4* in June this year and we wish her the best of luck."
The updated Irish Eventing Squad for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games is:
Tipperary’s Padraig McCarthy with Mr Chunky – owned by Christopher & Sarita Perkins, Huw Lloyd and Lucy Wiegersma
Galway’s Cathal Daniels with Rioghan Rua (ISH) – owned by Margaret Kinsella
Meath’s Sarah Ennis with Horseware Stellor Rebound (ISH) – owned by Horseware Products Ltd, Niki Potterton & Orla Ennis
Carlow’s Sam Watson and Horseware Ardagh Highlight (ISH) – owned by Belinda Keir
(First reserve & individual) Cork's Patricia Ryan with Dunrath Eclipse (ISH) - owned by Tom & Carol Henry
The 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games runs from September 11th to 23rd with the Eventing competition starting with Dressage on September 13th & 14th, followed by Cross Country on September 15th and the final Show Jumping phase on September 16th.