After torrential rain and deteriorating ground conditions, Team Ireland placed fourth in the St Gallen Nations Cup in Switzerland. However, new competition rules award points only to qualifying teams, thereby earning Ireland the second most points behind the Swiss.
Ireland tied for first place after round one with Switzerland, Belgium and Great Britain, with Cian O'Connor going clear on the bronze Olympic medal winner Blue Loyd.
The second round had to be cancelled due to the weather conditions, and the final result was decided by a single rider jump-off, in which Shane Breen picked up only 4 faults. Germany, one of the teams qualifying for points, withdrew from the event due to the weather.
Chef d'équipe Robert Splaine said afterwards, "This was a great result, giving us second of the teams here for league points. All the riders went very well, and it was great to see Cian O'Connor, reunited with his Olympic horse Blue Loyd, going clear. I thought Shane Breen was superb in the jump off, and extremely unlucky to rub a rail."
Cian commented, "I was thrilled to be reunited with Loyd again at St Gallen. He jumped so well and really showed his ability and heart in the way he tackled the course. He made it look easy. I'm glad we could help the team consolidate its position in the league table which means we will qualify for the Nations Cup final in Barcelona this September.”