This is the second year that Sopot features among the league rounds in Europe’s top division, with the competition taking place at the Sopot Hippodrome. Sopot is a seaside resort city in Eastern Pomerania on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea in northern Poland, with a population of approximately 40,000.
The Irish squad, sponsored by Devenish and The Underwriting Exchange, for the Nations Cup of Poland in Sopot is as follows:
Wexford’s Bertram Allen with Harley VD Bisschop – owned by Ballywalter Stable
Waterford’s Peter Moloney with Chianti’s Champion – owned by Team Harmony
Limerick’s Paul O’Shea with Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu – owned by Machu Picchu Partners LLC
Cork’s Shane Sweetnam with Alejandro -owned by Seabrook LLC
Cork’s Billy Twomey with Chat Botte E.D – owned by Sue Davis
Ireland will be up against teams from Belgium, France, Netherlands, Germany and Austria who will all be competing for points, while Poland and Brazil will also be among the starters.
Ireland finished fourth of eight teams in their opening points-scoring Nations Cup outing at La Baule in France on May 17th and following Sopot, will have just two remaining opportunities to score points – at Hickstead in England on July 26th and at home in Dublin on August 9th. Following the last league round in Dublin, seven of the 10 teams in Europe Division 1 will qualify for the FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, which this year includes the added incentive of one team qualification place on offer for the 2020 Olympic Games.