Thursday, August 4, 2011

Nicola Fitzgibbon on the Irish Aga Khan team?

 UPDATE: Friday - Nicola Fitzgibbon will jump today. Good luck to her and the rest of the team.

The Dublin Horse Show is on this week here - for non-horsey people this mightn't sound like a big drama. But for anyone who grew up as I did with bridles, straw and real horses-shoes about the place, this is The Week to be in Dublin.
The highlight is the world-renowned show-jumping competition the Aga Khan Cup. And for the first time since 2008, there is a chance the Irish team announced later today will have a woman rider - Nicola Fitzgibbon. This article in yesterday's paper - bizarrely illustrated with someone else! - says she's been a "rising star" since 2009 when she won three Premier Grand Prix and the over-eight in Dublin. She jumped fifth in the Irish Sports Council Classic yesterday on Puissance, great name for a horse.
The 2008 team featured Jessica Kurten, posted about her here and  here

This clip is of Fitzgibbon paired with Puissance jumping at the Grand Prix in Falsterbo, Sweden on July 15th.
                                  Good luck to her today, and hopefully tomorrow too.



Anonymous said...

Sending best wishes and best of luck to Nicola! Would love to be in Dublin this week. Ahhhhhhhhhh.

niamh said...

@Titanium - yes, it's brilliant fun to be around. I won't make the actual AK this year 'cause of work but will be there in spirit!