Kiwi showjumper Grant Wilson has been appointed equally jumping double-decker to Ireland’s eventing squad inwards its lead-up to the 2020 Olympic Games.
The New Zealand-born international passenger replaces Ian Fearon, who took a footstep dorsum from his coaching purpose amongst the squad concluding month.
Wilson, 45, has been based inwards Brussels inwards Kingdom of Belgium for virtually 25 years in addition to has represented New Zealand at Nations Cup marker in addition to at the 2006 World Equestrian Games inwards Aachen. Wilson has worked amongst the Belgian Junior in addition to Young Rider European Bronze Medal winning showjumping team, equally good coaching inwards Australia, USA in addition to the United Kingdom.
Wilson is no stranger to eventing, having trained Belgian Olympic passenger Karin Donckers for to a greater extent than than thirteen years, in addition to he also plant amongst Astier Nicolas – fellow member of the French Gold medal winning Eventing Team at the Rio Olympics, in addition to amongst Canada’s Rebecca Howard, who finished tenth individually inwards Rio. He also plant amongst several of New Zealand’s eventing riders including Dan Jocelyn, Blyth Tait in addition to James Avery, equally good equally British Eventers such equally World Equestrian Games squad gilded medal winner Tom McEwen, Holly Woodhead in addition to Rodney Powell.
“It is a peachy laurels to hold upward appointed the Show Jumping Coach for the Irish Gaelic Eventing Squad through to Tokyo 2020,” Wilson said next his appointment.
“Ireland has around really exciting in addition to talented riders, in addition to I hold off forrad to the challenge of carrying on amongst the peachy success of the Individual in addition to Team Silver medal wins at the World Equestrian Games inwards 2018.”
Irish Eventing Team Manager Sally Corcadden said she was delighted to accept secured a showjumping double-decker of Wilson’s calibre in addition to experience. “Not exclusively has he competed at the highest marker inwards pure Show Jumping, he also brings invaluable noesis of the sport of Eventing through the many riders he has prepared for previous Olympics.”
Wilson had already held clinics amongst Irish Gaelic riders inwards Republic of Ireland in addition to Britain, Corcadden said, in addition to they had been very good received.
“This yr volition hold upward spent getting to know the Equus caballus in addition to passenger combinations both inwards preparation in addition to competition, which volition aid focus Olympic preparations inwards 2020.”