Galway’s Cathal Daniels claims outstanding bronze medal at European Eventing Championships – Irish team finish sixth

Twenty-two-year-old Cathal Daniels from Co Galway and the Irish Sport Horse mare Rioghan Rua (ISH) have produced a magnificent performance at the Longines FEI Eventing European Championships at Luhmühlen in Germany, to claim the individual bronze medal to add to the World Championship team silver medal they won last year.

Daniels had been lying in 13th place after Friday’s Dressage after he scored an impressive 29.0.

A fantastic clear Cross Country round on Saturday well inside the time, saw Daniels and the Margaret Kinsella-owned 12-year-old mare rise to sixth place heading into the final day and crucially were less than a fence off the medal places.

Another perfect clear in the final Show Jumping phase saw Daniels put pressure on those above him.

As fences began to fall, Daniels rose to third place at the finish to take home the second championship medal of his career.

Speaking after the competition Cathal said:

“It’s an amazing feeling! I’ve gone through Juniors, Young Riders and now Seniors with this mare.

Unfortunately, the team didn’t get as strong a result as they wanted, but I was glad I was able to get a medal and keep spirits high and build again for next year on the road to Tokyo.”